Hospitality sector hit hard by the lock down
Both International and Domestic Tourists enjoying Water Sport at the Havila Resort , Kirinyaga County on the Sagana river, the home of Kayaking and Canoeing
The hospitality industry has been hit below the belt by the lockdown which the government imposed last week just a few days to the long Easter Holidays.
The effects have been felt by the industry which depends on both International and Domestic Tourism , with some of the facilities virtually empty after the local down.
A spot check within some of such touristic attractions in Mt Kenya Region this morning established that all the bookings had been canceled resulting to massive losses.
A section of the prestigious Havila Resort , the International Olympic Site for Canoeing and Kayaking in Africa
At the popular Havila Resort along the gigantic Sagana river in Kirinyaga County , the facility which had been fully booked for the holidays was counting heavy losses since arrangements and procurements of the items required during the season had been done .
The proprietor Alexander Chege said after the presidential announcement early in the week, where a lock down for five counties was declared , the result was cancelation of all the advance bookings .
“We are now busy making refunds to our esteemed customers following the lock down while we appreciated the fact that the move was well intended to protect both the tourists and ourselves from the covid- 19 pandemic ,”Chege said
Some water sport lovers wading through a white water section on the Sagana river , at the Havila Resort inKirinyaga County while these activities were in the past before the local down due to Covid - 19 pandemic
Added the hotelier “It’s better to lose business than Human life since there is still a tomorrow where God will certainly compensate us abundantly hence happy the way things have turned out due to the pandemic which has hit the entire world ,”.
A model camp site at Havila Resort ideal for holiday makers
The entrepreneur said most of local tourists were mainly from the five locked down counties while the rest were foreigners who prefer the destination which is also Africa’s Olympic Site for Kayaking and Canoeing .
He said clients to this Gateway Resort come there to enjoy the water Sport on the voluminous and rocky Sagana river whose natural features are ideal for the water sport.
The Havila Resort situated along the rolling slopes of Mt kenya on Sagana river banks , Kirinyaga County
Other hotels within the circuit include Sun City , Digital City ,Starwood ,Leisure ,Destination , Blue Hills which normally record full bookings during this time of the year with the situation being totally different today .