The motivation of employees, whether professional, skilled or unskilled, is a major issue in all Hospitality organizations. Employee motivation is a big challenge facing businesses today. The fundamental question to address is what exactly to do, to motivate employees to do their job the way it is supposed to be done and enjoy it too. The objective of this study was to find out the effects motivation has on the performance of employees in the hotel industry. The quantitative research design was used for the study. The main data for the study was primary data which was gathered in the selected hotels under study using structured questionnaires. A convenient sampling method was used to select 144 respondents comprising of 24 management staff (employers) and 120 employees of the eight hotels used in the study. The study results indicated that motivating staff of an organisation should not be centered on only management decision.