InterContinental hotel consider permanent closure, to fire all staff

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InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited Kenya is considering  local closure of the Nairobi hotel.

In a notice of the intention to declare redundancies within 45 days, the hotel sighted operational reasons for the plan which would end in the loss of all employment positions.

“We write to inform you that InterContinental Hotels Corporation Limited Kenya (IHCL) is for operational reasons, considering a permanent closure of InterContinental Nairobi and winding up its operations in the Republic of Kenya. As a consequence of such intended winding up, all employment positions would become redudant,” read part of the notice .

The hotel management did not however disclose whether its woes were linked to the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far claimed casualties in the hospitality industry among them the Norfolk Hotel which ended up with a change of ownership guard.

The 51-year old hotel has previously been the subject of a looming auction in early 2019 over unpaid debt.

The hotel management did not however disclose whether decision was influenced by the coronavirus disease that has seen other parties such as Norfolk Hotel which was hard hit by the pandemic out comes.

The hotels announcement comes at a time when 60 percent of the hotels surveyed by the Central Bank of Kenya said they were ready to reopen once international flights in the country resume.