NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 4 – Tourism stakeholders are optimistic about a promising 2018 following the performance of the December holidays, which recorded over 90 per cent bookings in the country despite political uncertainty.
This is according to Coast Executive of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Sam Ikwaye who was speaking shortly after the arrival of a cruise ship at the port of Mombasa with tourists mainly from the United States and United Kingdom.
Ikwaye said that some hotels especially in Mombasa, Diani, Watamu and Malindi recorded up to 100 per cent booking comprising both local and foreign tourists.
“We are expecting the economy to grow now the prolonged political tension in the country is over,” said Ikwaye
MS Nautica, a Norwegian vessel registered in the Bahamas, made its second call at the port of Mombasa with 962 tourists on board from Zanzibar in Tanzania heading to Seychelles.
The ship was first in the country on November 25 with 642 tourists from Marshall Islands in the North Pacific Ocean heading to Zanzibar.
Kenya Ports Authority Public Relation Manager, Haji Masemo, said more cruise ship vessels are expected in Mombasa this year.
He added that the construction of the modern crew ship terminal launched recently by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has promoted cruise tourism.