Workers in the hospitality industry have a World Rally Championship (WRC) event to thank after majority of them were recalled ahead of the global competition.

The proprietor of Astorian Grand Hotel in Naivasha, Stephen Mungai Aston, said his facility has been fully booked ahead of WRC Safari Rally due June 24-27 this year.

Speaking to Nation Sport at his hotel on Tuesday, the investor described the staging of the event in the commercial town of Naivasha as “God-sent.”

“We were almost closing shop due to the hardship caused by the virus. The rallying event is a big reprieve for hotel owners in Naivasha and by extension Gilgil and Nakuru,” said Mungai.

He revealed that he will be recalling all the workers, who had been sent home after the facilities were closed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

“We will be recalling all the workers, having majorly worked with a skeleton staff, thanks to the WRC event,” divulged Mungai.

The hotel has 40-room capacity, with all of them having been booked by, among others, rally spectators.

He called on fellow hoteliers to seize the “golden moment,” and learn a lesson or two, hosting international guests.

Nakuru County Government Tourism Naivasha chapter treasurer and Panorama Hotel General Manager, Sammy Mugo, admitted that hosting the event has been a turning point for hoteliers.

He admitted that the industry had suffered monumental losses running into millions of shillings.