VICTOR SHITAKA APPOINTED AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER TO OVERSEE REFURBISHMENTS
(Posted 12th April 2017)
Kenya Safari Lodges and Hotels Ltd, comprising the Mombasa Beach Hotel but also Voi Safari Lodge and Ngulia Safari Lodge, has been in the doldrums for some time with lack of funding by the principal shareholders, high among them the Kenya government, leading to challenges to finance refurbishments and modernization.
It was now learned that Mr. Victor Shitaka, once upon a time General Manager of the Hotel Africana in Kampala and more recently General Manager of Tamarind Mombasa, was now recruited to arrest the slide and oversee the refurbishment of initially the Mombasa Beach Hotel. The funding will reportedly come from the Kenya Tourism Finance Corporation, one of the many tourism related parastatals created under the former Kibaki government.
Located on a high cliff overlooking the beaches between Nyali and Bamburi was the hotel in its heydays much in demand but new competition and regular upgrades by other hotels have seen the hotel lose market share in particular from key overseas source markets sending tourists to the Kenya coast by charter.
Victor’s arrival however gives some hope that sooner or later the Mombasa Beach Hotel will appear with a new shine before work then hopefully also extends to the two lodges which are located in Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks.