Hospitality industry players in coast
region have welcomed the announcement by Fly Tristar, a local
budget carrier that it will operate early morning service to and
fro Mombasa, bringing around 4000 customers to the county
between now and January 2019.
“Fly Tristar’s launch of low cost
early morning flight service to Mombasa is indeed a
historic move that is set to boost Coast’s tourism
industry,” said Mr. Hasnain Noorani, Managing Director
for PrideInn Hotels.
Tourism at the coastal region is on
the mend following a significant setbacks caused by
terror threats, prolonged electioneering period coupled
with political chaos in 2017 and travel advisories which
prompted western governments to issue travel advisories
to their nationals.
“Low-cost airlines to Mombasa and
other coastal towns have changed the way holiday makers
and business people travel; travelers look at where they
fly and go there,” added Mr. Noorani.
Visitors numbers dwindled between 2014
and 2015, this saw large number of visitors who used to
visit the Coast purely for leisure seek alternative
destinations in what lead to a significant drop in
revenues from one of the biggest earners for the county.
“Availability of affordable air
connectivity definitely has a positive impact on coastal
tourism industry as it encourages domestic tourism,
spending and job creation,” Said Mr. Mohammed Omar,
General Manager for PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort.
“Mombasa has a wealth of amazing
cultural and natural treasures for visitors to admire.
The launch of new carrier is good news for the county’s
economy,” he added.
According to the recent (2018) World
Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) report, travel and
tourism’s total contribution to Kenya’s GDP was
KES769.1bn (USD7,432.9mn), 9.7per cent of GDP in 2017,
and is forecast to rise by 5.5per cent in 2018, and to
rise by 5.1per cent pa to KES1,338.3bn (USD12,933.6mn),
9.1per cent of GDP in 2028.
The new budget carrier to Mombasa will
lead to a tremendous increase in visitors to coast
especially peak season kicks off.