, KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 7 – Kisumu’s tourism industry is set to perform well following the launch of Acacia Premier Hotel.
The four star hotel has been launched by Simba Hospitality, an arm of automotive company Simba Corporation.
According to Simba Corp CEO Adil Popat, the company’s decision to take the hotel to Kisumu is based on the city’s potential of having a vibrant tourism sector.
“Kisumu has one of the most hospitable communities in the country. It is also a growing market. We therefore wanted to start something that would help the people in Kisumu take advantage of this important trait,” Popat said.
Located in Kisumu’s central business district, Acacia Premier has four restaurants which include a coffee lounge and a bar meaning it will cater to a variety of tastes, its ninety four rooms mean huge bed capacity with bonus points being the ability of viewing Lake Victoria from rooms such as the Presidential Suites and the Superior rooms.
Other facilities that make Acacia a disruptive hotel in Kisumu include its rooftop swimming pool, gym and the spa.
“We are also catering to the needs of the business community in a couple of ways. First, we are located in the middle of the city which makes conducting business meeting here very ideal. Second, we have a business centre, a boardroom, an executive lounge and a conference room that accommodates up to 250 people,” Popat said.
Tour destinations that will appeal to travellers going to Kisumu include the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, Ndere Island National Reserve, Kit Mikayi and Kakamega forests.
Other attractions include shopping malls such as Westend, which is where the Acacia Premier hotel is situated, United Mall which is along Kakamega road towards Kibuye Market and Mega City Mall. Additionally, tourists can enjoy golfing at the 18-hole Nyanza Club, tennis at the Kisumu Simba Union and watching movies at Planet Media Cinema.
The launch of the hotel follows the successful launch of two hotels by Simba Hospitality which includes Villa Rosa Kempinski which is managed by world leading hoteliers Kempinski and Olare Mara.
“Having brought international brands into the country and watching them succeed, we decided to establish a locally grown hotel brand, hence the launch of this hotel.”
The brand is therefore gearing up to introduce a range of Acacia branded three and four star hotels in the East African region. According to Simba Corp, the hotels will be mid-priced and will fall under the ‘Acacia Premier’ and ‘Acacia Express’ brands.
The hotel’s next launch will be Naivasha.
Kisumu’s governor Jack Raguma applauded Simba Corp for taking the hotel to the city. He added that his government would do all it can to support investors bring business to the county.
“I also urge local citizens and companies to invest in such products. We do not need to solely depend on foreigners top bring development in our country when we have capable investors who have the required resources to invest,” he said.