(Xinhua) — Kenya’s hotels in the tourism resorts of
coast region on Friday announced that they had registered high
bookings this holiday season.
Most of the hotels are already booked
as both local and foreign tourists are flocking to the coastal
region this holiday season despite the prolonged political
The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers
and Caterers Coast Executive Sam Ikwaye told Xinhua in Mombasa
that the destination is doing very well.
“From the start of November many
hotels have been doing very well. We have bed occupancy of
between 60 and 80 percent currently. This is expected to hit
100 percent by mid-December,” Ikwaye said.
He said initially they were
pessimistic that the projection will be appealing because of
the prolonged political season that began around February.
“We cannot complain because the numbers are really good
now,” he said.
Mohammed Hersi, the chairperson of the
Kenya Coast Tourists Association and the Chief Executive of Sun
Africa Beach Hotel, said they expect a 100 percent hotel booking
He said the international visitors
have confidence in the region, given the fact that two Neos
charter planes from Italy, the Turkish Airline, Condor Air from
Germany and Tui Travels charter plane from Britain are now doing
trips to Mombasa.
Neos, Condor Air, Turkish Airline and
the Tui Travels charter flights do at least two trips to Mombasa
every week, which is good sign of the improving sector that was
once on its knees.
“Despite all the political challenges
we have had, international visitors still have great faith
in Kenya. Mombasa and Kenya Coast is bouncing back,” said
Hersi, noting that the Italian market supports Malindi and
Watamu in Kilifi County.
A cruise ship, MV Nautica is expected
at the port of Mombasa this Saturday. Hersi said that tourism
has serious multiplier effect on the country’s economy.
“Cruise tourism is also building up
slowly and we are happy that the planned new terminal at the
port of Mombasa is now at about 70 percent complete,” he