TRAVEL GAZETTE – Hotels in Kenya’s coastal resorts have recorded over 90 percent bed occupancy during this festive season.
The Kenya Association of Hotel keepers and Caterers, Coast executive director Sam Ikwaye said on Monday the number is expected to rise to 100 percent by Friday, the Christmas day.
Ikwaye told journalists in Mombasa that many hotels were operating at 90 percent comprising both local and foreigners who have thronged the coastal city for festive season.
“Domestic tourists have flocked to Mombasa in very big numbers we have also recovered a very good number of foreign tourist from our source markets who have come for Christmas,” said Ikwaye.
The tourism players have also applauded the decision by French government to lift travel advisories it had imposed on Mombasa and Malindi.
Ikwaye said the lifting is a boost to the sector and reassurance that the country is safe. In May 2014, France, the Britain, U.S. and Australia issued travel advisories against Kenya following a string of terror attacks by Somali terror group Al-Shabaab.
Both Britain and U.S. lifted the advisories after the government addressed the security concerns raised by the western countries.
Travellers Beach Hotel General Manager, Fred Kiiru said they are currently operating at 80 percent bed occupancy, but they are optimistic that they will fill 280-roomed hotel by New Year.
Kiiri said the hotels are offering good packages to attract domestic tourist who continue to boost the sector.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said that police patrols have been intensified in and around Mombasa during this festive season.
He said both uniformed and plain police officers have been deployed in all the social places and key installations in the region to ensure maximum security for all Kenyans and visitors.
“We wish to assure locals and visitors that security has been enhanced. We deployed enough police officers to secure key installation, public beaches, hotels and shopping malls,” said Nkaissery.