Mombasa is flooding with local and
international tourists, thanks to the Christmas
festivals which has already kicked off.
Tourism and hospitality industry
players said hotels and guest houses have recorded an
average of 20 per cent increase in bookings at this
period compared to last year same time.
“Most local visitors are from
upcountry, however, there is a significant increase in
number of international holidaymakers by 22.4 percent
following an increase in number of chartered,
international direct flights and local daily flights
received in Mombasa,” said Mr. Victor Shitakah, Coast
Regional Manager for PrideInn Hotels.
“This year’s holiday has shown
positive signs. We have recorded more tourist numbers
over the period compared to previous years. Guests,
mostly domestic, have arrived while others are on the
way,” added Mr. Shitakah.
Hotels have come up with a range of
interventions to ensure that guests are safe during this
“We want to assure all visitors coming
to celebrate Christmas that the resort is safe for
vacations,” said Mr. Shitakah
Adequate security is in place to
ensure visitors have enjoyable holiday.
Hospitality industry players are
working hand-in-hand with the county security team and
other security agencies to combat any form of crime
during this merry making season.
Most of the hotels have their own
security arrangement to ensure safety of visitors during
“Apart from private security within,
we have installed high-tech CCTV cameras and modern
screening facilities at all points within our hotels to
keep visitors safe and premises secure,” said Mr.
Mr. Shitakah thanked the national and
county government for efforts to keep Mombasa safe, he
however insisted on increased patrols in the entire
county especially as we approach Christmas and boxing
Kenya tourism and hospitality industry
prospects are looking up after the 2014 reprehensible
period when terror attacks and travel advisories
threatened tourism industry.