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

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business - CHARLES MGHENYI @TheS­tarKenya

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

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