MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s tourism stakeholders on Thursday expressed optimism
about the growth of cruise tourism next season which begins in
The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and
Caterers Coast Executive Director Sam Ikwaye said the arrival of
six cruise ships at the Kenyan coast is a sign of confidence for
Ikwaye said the current season, which started on September
2017 and is coming to an end in March has been able to bring in
over 4,747 high-end tourists at the Kenya coast through the
Since October 2017, a total of six cruise vessels have docked
at the port, with international guests from Britain, United
States, Canada and other nationalities.
"When cruise liners come to your destination, it brings in
two things; the high-end tourist who spend good money on their
arrival and gives the destination an endorsement," said Ikwaye.
He spoke at the port of Mombasa after receiving, MS
Isignia with 1,066 tourists, which includes 680 passengers
and 386 crew members.
They are from Zanzibar heading to Seychelles.
He urged Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to finish up the cruise
ship terminal in the record time in readiness for the next
season and Mombasa County government should ensure a clean city
and supporting infrastructure for the cruise ship tourism.
"We are now asking KPA and the Mombasa County government to
put up supporting infrastructure to support cruise ship tourism.
"We need good roads and cleaner city," he said.
Kenya Ports Authority Head of Corporate Communication,
Bernard Osero said this season has been the best in the recent
KPA management is working round the clock to finish the
construction of the 4.5 million U.S. dollars state-of-the-art,
world-class cruise ship terminal at berth number one.
The new terminal will have state-of-the-art security
features, an immigration center, a hotel and accommodation
facility and other social amenities.
Osero said they are sure that the terminal, which allows
simultaneous berthing of two Oasis-class cruise ships (world
largest passenger ships), will be completed by July.