(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s tourism marketers on Thursday
welcomed 576 tourists who have arrived at the Port of Mombasa
aboard cruise ship, MS Nautica, marking the first cruise ship
arrival to the country this year.
Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO Betty
Radier said in a statement that the cruise ship arrived in the
tourism resort city from Zanzibar and is scheduled to make a one
day stop before it sails onward to Mahe Island in the
“The arrival of MS Nautica portrays
the uniqueness of Mombasa as a port of call, especially
considering that Mombasa is the only port in the region
where disembarking passengers can get to go on safari within
the short duration of their stop,” Radier said.
She welcomed the arrival of the cruise
ship, saying its arrival is yet another major boost to the
coastal region’s tourism sector even as the festive season comes
to an end.
Kenyan authorities have vowed to
develop and promote cruise tourism instead of relying solely on
beach and safari for marketing.
Kenya is a destination with diverse
and rich tourism attractions and is today a renowned tourist
brand in the world market.
The East African nation’s bad year for
cruise tourism was 2011, when Kenya had more than 1,200 tourist
arrivals by sea. The negative growth in the sector was mainly
attributed to piracy across the Indian Ocean, among other
During their one day stop, the
tourists will visit Amboseli National Park and also tour various
parts of Mombasa including the iconic Fort Jesus, a historical
site in Mombasa.
The arrival of the cruise ship comes
barely a fortnight after MS Silver Spirit, a luxury cruise ship
with 472 passengers on board, made its maiden stop in Mombasa.
Shimba Hills National Park, Mwaluganje
Elephant Sanctuary, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park as
well as Amboseli National Park are among the national parks that
are within easy reach of cruise ship travelers arriving in
Kenya’s main mode of tourist arrivals,
thus, remains air transport. Tourists arrive into the East
African nation in particular through Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport (JKIA) in the capital and Moi International Airport
(MIA) in Mombasa.
Kenya’s core tourism products have
been focused on beach and safari owing to the country’s extended
coast line of 480km and abundance of wildlife.
However, the growing competitive
nature of tourism and the continuously evolving tastes and
preferences of consumers, the country’s promoted products have
been enriched to include adventure, culture, ecotourism, sports,
golf, birding and business.