Southern Sun Hotels takes over Nairobi Holiday Inn


(eTN) – The Holiday Inn Nairobi, formerly known as the Mayfair Hotel, is reportedly changing hands after an apparent sale by the current owners to South Africa’s leading hotel group, Southern Sun. Effective August 1, according to a source in Nairobi, the new arrangement will come into effect, and the hotel will then change names and be known as the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, bringing the old name back into the public domain.

South Africa, already a key investor in East Africa in power, retailing, and telecommunications, has been relatively slow to enter the mainstream hospitality market, but this latest acquisition is bound to raise more speculation over further upcoming deals.

The Holiday Inn brand, often franchised out to individual operators, belongs to global hospitality giant Intercontinental Hotel Group, which owns and operates the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi and earlier this year opened a Crown Plaza Hotel, which – being another 4-star brand of the group – they manage in Nairobi on behalf of the ownership consortium.