Hotel bookings in Mombasa have recorded over 80 percent bookings way before Christmas holidays hits peak.
Speaking during a media briefing at Pride Inn Beach Resort in Mombasa on Tuesday, the Kenya Coast Working Group Chairman, Hasnain Noorani said Mombasa has regained its glory attributed to good infrastructure and government support.
Noorani observed that Christmas bookings and the hospitality business outlook in the Coastal region has recorded a significant increase by 15 percent over the same period last year.
The chair noted that the SGR infrastructure investment has come in handy bringing large numbers of local tourists to the region in addition to the low cost chartered flights to Mombasa that continue to increase day by day.
He observed that Africa has been recognized internationally and chosen as the preferred vantage point for meetings, incentives conferences and exhibition (mice) destination where Mombasa being leading in the region cannot go unnoticed which has immensely contributed to the growth of the tourism sector.
The coast working group chair lauded the government for ensuring security to the tourist destination and appealed for speedy repair of damaged roads following the ongoing rains that could cause traffic build-ups inconveniencing the holiday makers and the business community.
Noorani who also doubles as the Pride Inn Beach Resort Managing Director said he anticipated 100 percent bookings in the next two weeks.
The Kenya Coast Tourism Association Chairman, Victor Shitakha also present at the briefing shared similar sentiments calling on Kenyans to take advantage of the improved services in the coastal region in terms of logistics to have valuable experiences in Mombasa.
Shitakha said the Pride Inn Hotels will be sending humanitarian aid to the victims of the landslides catastrophe in West Pokot as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to rebuild their lives.
Children at orphanages will also reap big from the well performing hospitality business where they were presented gifts and take home goodies.
The children received early Christmas treatment at the Pride Inn Resort where they enjoyed swimming, gaming, cake making and eating among others.
The hotel management said inviting the children was a well thought idea to help the less fortunate in the society feel appreciated as they enjoyed fantastic tourism experiences, great meals and sumptuous cocktails.
By Joseph Kamolo