Sarova Hotels & Resorts has agreed to run Kisumu’s iconic Imperial Hotel after signing a seven-year management agreement with the hotel’s owners, the Gilani family.
The moves means that Sarova Hotels now runs properties in all the four cities in the country Sarova Stanley and Sarova Panafric in Nairobi, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa, Sarova Imperial Hotel in Kisumu, and Sarova Woodlands and Sarova Lion Hill in Nakuru.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, aid that having a presence in Kisumu City and in the larger Western Kenya region has always been part of the hospitality group’s growth plan, noting that the city is currently under-going an extensive urban rejuvenation of the downtown and lower town areas. The project is being driven by the Kisumu County Government and this will further enhance its attractiveness as both a business and leisure travel destination.
“The city’s location on the shores of Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, and the on-going modernisation of the lakefront makes Kisumu a unique destination to add to the Sarova experience. Kisumu is fast becoming an attractive destination to visit, not only by business travellers but also by tourists, mainly domestic tourists.
Located in Kisumu’s Central Business District, Sarova Imperial Hotel is currently undergoing an extensive upgrade that once complete in July/August 2022 will see the launch of 93 renovated guest bedrooms including suites, new meetings facilities, and upgraded food and beverage outlets.
On his part, Imperial Hotel Chairman Amin Gilani said, “In 1983, Imperial Hotel was built with the vision to establish a Western Kenya tourism circuit. However, we realize that we are in a global era in which professionalization and collaboration are crucial to success and to meet our vision. After operating the hotel for 40 years, Sarova Hotels is the ideal partner for further growth due to their industry leadership, rich history and a deep respect for community, tradition and sustainability.”