Tourism boom: Hoteliers at the Coast upbeat about more international guests
Hoteliers are, however, worried about the state of infrastructure at the Coast, calling on authorities to quickly fix the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway
Tourism players at the Coast are expecting increased international guests this festive season, a boost to the the industry which has largely relied on domestic tourism.
Hoteliers said business has been performing better than last year since the onset of the high season in July.
Kenya Coast Tourist Association chairperson Mohammed Hersi said bed occupancy since October has hovered between 70 and 90 per cent.
“Currently we are operating on an average of 90 per cent bed occupancy in many hotels in the region. Domes- tic tourism however takes a bigger percentage,” Hersi said in a telephone interview.
On Tuesday, beach and safari tourism got a boost after a cruise ship, MS Silver Cloud, called at the port of Mombasa with 438 guests. They comprised of 216 tourists and 222 crew members.
Majority are from Europe and the US via Seychelles.
Hersi said: “The arrival of the tourists is a stamp of approval that Kenya is a quality destination.”
The Kenya Tourism Board said the sector has been on recovery since 2014 after a battering from travel advisories following a spate of terror threats linked to militia al Shabaab.
Arrivals through cruise ships, KTB assistant communications manager