NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday reopened the upmarket Dusit D2
hotel, six months after an attack by Somalia-based al-Shabab
militants in mid-January that killed 21 people.
Thai hotel chain lost six staff members in the terror attack at
a Nairobi business complex.
Najib Balala, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Tourism
and wildlife, said the reopening of Dusit D2 hotel reaffirmed
the resilience of Kenya’s business environment despite terror
"The government is committed to supporting growth of
hospitality sector and will not be distracted by the evil forces
of terrorism," Balala said, adding that Kenya has intensified
surveillance at hotels and lodges to prevent terrorist attacks.
David Rudisha, Kenya’s 800m world record holder, led a
commemorative race to honor victims of the Jan. 15 attack.
Michael Metaxas, general manager of Dusit D2 Hotel Nairobi,
said its reopening was a reprieve for tourists and business
travelers yearning for accommodation in a secure and serene
"We had already received bookings prior to the reopening of
the hotel and have reinforced safety measures for our clients
and staff," Metaxas said.
He said the hotel chain embarked on training staff on
customer care and personal security during its six-month
Five al-Shabab militants stormed into Dusit D2 hotel and
adjacent office blocks where they killed 21 people but were
later neutralized by elite commandos after a siege that lasted
about 15 hours.