Tourism sector reaps big from domestic holiday makers

The tourism sector in the coastal city of Mombasa is reaping big from the long Easter weekend courtesy of the domestic market.

Some of the hoteliers are reporting a record 100 per cent bed occupancy, with the success attributed mostly to the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway train service which is attracting more domestic holidaymakers from upcountry due to its cost and time efficiency.

Domestic and international tourists have flocked the coastal city of Mombasa this Easter season, which is the preferred holiday destination for both local and foreign holiday makers.

This is attributed to its pristine beaches and tropical ambience. Hoteliers have been the greatest beneficiaries with most of them registering 100 per cent bed occupancy.

Travelers Beach Hotel General Manager Fred Kiuru says 90 per cent of the tourists are domestic.

Sentiments echoed by the chairman of Bonfire Adventures Simon Kabu.

In the meantime, security has been beefed up in Mombasa during this festive season.

Road safety

The National Police Service says it has laid out new strategies to curb traffic accidents during this Easter festive season.

The Police Service has dispatched more than 10 teams of officers who have been going round the country since Thursday to sensitize road users on safety.

He said the 10 teams comprising  top security personnel from the traffic department have also been working hand in hand with those on the ground to create a heavy police presence on the roads.

Assistant Inspector General, Leonard Katana, said unlike in the previous years, when there were usually many crackdowns and arrests of traffic offenders the traffic police were applying a new approach of dialogue with motorists, Boda boda operators, Public service vehicle operators and members of the public.

Speaking during a sensitization programme in Malindi, Katana noted that since January more than 1000 people have lost their lives in traffic accidents in the country.




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