Kenya’s iconic Hilton Hotel – a multi-storey building that was once one of the tallest structure in the centre of the capital, Nairobi – will reportedly cease operations in December. The hotel was built in 1969 – six years after Kenya gained independence from the UK – and has been a landmark feature of the city. Its impending closure comes amid a slump in the tourism and hospitality sector arising from the Covid pandemic. A number of big hotels in Nairobi shut operations, some indefinitely in the wake of the pandemic. Hilton says its closure is not linked to Covid.