Investor targets western tourism circuit with Sh500m hotel

The hospitality industry in Busia is set to receive a major boost after a new investor started construction of a Sh500 million facility at Nango’ma Hills.

The new hotel adds to the growing list of investments keen to tap into the western tourism circuit and Busia town, the gateway to the Great Lakes region at the Kenya-Uganda border.

Some of the hotels that have come up over the past few years include Itoya, Farmview, One on One, Breeze, Homepark, Rastopar, Border Palace and Quill, among others.

Nairobi-based businessman Peter Ojiambo said he had partnered with his son, who is a hotelier in Dubai, for the investment in Budalang’i sub-county.

The facility, which is under construction, is expected to open up the region and create jobs for more than 300 locals.

“The project will boost the economy of the county in terms of attracting tourists from across the world and creating employment opportunities,” he said.

Mr Ojiambo told the Business Daily that the recently concluded Busia Investment Conference motivated him to invest in the county.

“I have started divesting from other investments in Nairobi to Busia because it is home,” he said.

Omulima Weigoye Hill Park Hotel is being built on a 10-acre piece of land with one acre set aside as landing ground for helicopters. Upon completion, he said, the hotel is expected to be the first five-star facility in the county.

Other players in the hotel industry have welcomed the new investment.

“Competition is good because it will enable hotel owners to improve service delivery,” said Farmview Hotel manager Peter Saita. He asked the county government to allocate the sector additional resources to promote and market the region as a tourist destination.

“Insufficient resources have prevented the county from getting maximum benefit from the tourism sector despite the huge potential,” he said, adding that Busia receives a lot of visitors on transit who could help the county generate revenue from tourism and hospitality services.