Hoteliers at the coastal city of Mombasa and its environs are reporting booming business following an influx of domestic holiday makers and foreign tourists this festive season.
Hoteliers attribute the boom of domestic tourists to affordable and convenient transport following the operationalization of the Madaraka express train service.
Mombasa is a preferred holiday location for Kenyans and foreign vacationers alike, eager to savor the beautiful sandy beaches and tropical ambience.
With the operationalization of the standard gauge railway, transport has become affordable to a larger population of domestic holidaymakers who have increased trips to the coastal region.
Owing to this, hotels at the coast are experiencing a boom.
Hoteliers are optimistic that the tourism sector would recoup some of the loses due to low bookings during the electioneering period.
Most hotels have introduced family themed activities to attract travelling families.
Most hoteliers have in recent years been focusing on tapping the lucrative domestic tourists who are rarely affected by most jitters that inform foreign tourists’ booking decisions.