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Coastal City ready to usher in New Year

The  Coast  Regional  Commissioner, John Elung’ata  briefing the media on Tuesday December 31, 2019 at his Uhuru na Kazi office in Mombasa. Photo by Mohamed Hassan/KNA.

A  series of events have been lined up in the tourist resort city of Mombasa to usher in the New Year 2020.

The  former Kibarani dumpsite  which has been transformed into a recreational facility by the County government of Mombasa will host the main event with music concert and other entertainments.

The  Mombasa Governor, Hassan  Joho is expected to preside over the event that will involve fireworks and graced by local musicians and those from Tanzania.

Other  events are slated to take place at the refurbished Mama Ngina Drive Waterfront Park, beaches, hotels and tourist establishment.

“We  are ready and excited to usher in the New Year with various entertainments and prayers,” said the Coast Regional Commissioner (RC), John  Elung’ata  on Tuesday.

Elung’ata  said security has been beefed in all the important spots to ensure Kenyans and visitors celebrate the New Year in an enjoyable and peaceful environment.

He  said security personnel have intensified patrols, including air surveillance across the six coast counties to respond to any emergency and also take action against those out to disrupt law and order during the celebrations.

Mombasa  and other coastal counties have witnessed an upsurge of local and international visitors during the December and New Year festivities.

Most of the hotels, apartments and tourist establishments have recorded 100 per cent booking with locals taking the lion’s share.

Tourism  stakeholders have attributed the increased number of visitors to the improved security and the infrastructure that has raised the profile of the coastal region.

“We are extremely delighted with the efforts by the national government to improve security and the upgrading of key roads in Mombasa and other coastal areas,” said a veteran hotelier, Fred Kiuru.

Kiuru noted that both security and the infrastructure were crucial to the tourism sector saying the increased number of visitors was a clear indication that the future of the hospitality industry was bright after a decline of long period.

Most of the hoteliers have expressed their satisfaction with the significant increase of domestic visitors which they attributed to improved security, friendly packages and the introduction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

By  Mohamed Hassan

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