CS Balala receives first cruise ship to dock in Mombasa this year

By Irene Muchuma

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has received more than 600 passengers and 400 other crew members in Mombasa after the first cruise ship this year docked Saturday morning.

Addressing the press Balala said the docking of Seven Seas Voyager is an indicator that tourism industry will yield more profits in 2016.

The visitors are expected to explore the beach and wildlife products at the Coast.

687 passengers and 452 other crew members en route to Seychelles from Zanzibar are sampling beach and wildlife products in Mombasa, Diani and Kwale counties before their return later in the day.

An elated tourism minister Najib Balala said the docking of seven seas voyager is an indicator of good fortunes in 2016.

Balala further expressed his ministry’s commitment in marketing cruise tourism in Kenya noting that plans are underway for Kenya to be represented at the 2016 cruise ship Miami convention.

The CS also said that the region’s cruise ship terminal will have a facelift in the near future.

Late last year four different cruise ships docked at Mombasa port with more than 3000 passengers on board giving the tourism sector a major boost.

  

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