, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – The founder and Chairman of the Sarova Group of Hotels GS Vohra has died in England, where he had been hospitalised after ailing for a while.
The 78-year-old passed away on Saturday morning in London and close family members say that his body will be airlifted to Kenya before funeral arrangements commence.
“It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Mr G.S. Vohra, Chairman of Sarova Hotels. Mr. Vohra, aged 78, passed away in London on October 12, 2013. He was one of the founders of Sarova Hotels in Kenya, in 1974,” read a family statement.
He has been described by friends and family as a humble and dedicated man who was pained by the destruction of trees and forests.
“He was especially saddened by the plight of the African elephant due to poaching and was personally involved in the effort led by Jim Nyamu. He was also instrumental in the Nairobi Greenline Project at Nairobi National Park, in memory of his son, the Late Sandy Vohra,” said the family.
Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers CEO Mike Macharia said that Vohra was a very generous man and he cared a lot for other people.
He adds that Vohra was a yoga enthusiast who often encouraged those he worked with to practice yoga as well.
“I remember him at the time when we worked together and I remember him as a very cool, calm and collected mzee,” he said.
He was one of the pioneers of the tourism industry in Kenya and was a highly respected individual.
He was also the patron of the Spinal Cord Injuries Hospital in Nairobi where he contributed not only financial resources but more importantly, personal time and commitment to improving the lives of those affected.
Details of the funeral service will be announced in due course.