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Tourist hotels at the Coast resume business

A number of tourist hotels in Mombasa and other parts of the coastal region have opened business in conformity with Covid-19 protocols.

The  hotels have put strict health measures including digital ordering for food to avoid person to person contacts.

The tourism sector took a heavy beating following the outbreak of coronavirus resulting to the  closure of hotels and other tourist related businesses at a time when the sector was supposed  to enjoy brisk business.

Mombasa  and other coastal tourist areas are the preferred holiday destinations for many Kenyans and foreign visitors to savour their beautiful sandy beaches stretched out from the South to the North coast and tropical ambience.

The  Heritage Hotel Group Operations Director, Wasike Wasike said they are delighted to open their hotels, saying they have conformed with all health regulations to curb the spread of covid-19 to both their guests and staff.

Wasike said they have put the necessary measures including training of the staff to ensure total adherence of the protocols outlined by the Ministry of Health.

“We have introduced a QR code digital menu during breakfast, lunch and dinner to minimize personal contacts,” said Wasike during an interview with KNA in Mombasa on Monday.

The  hotelier said this is the new normal ‘contactless dining’ that they have introduced to ensure safety of their staff and guests.

The  hotels that have resumed operation have been issued with heath certification by the Mombasa County Government Health Department after meeting the mandatory covid-19 health protocols.

Among the hotels which have started operation, includes Sarova Whitesand, PrideInn, Travellers and Plaza Beach.

To cushion the sector from the adverse effects of covid-19, the government allocated Sh.2billion to support the renovations of tourism facilities and the restructuring of business operations by actors in the industry.

The financial support is channeled through the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) to provide soft loans to hotels and  related establishments.

By  Mohamed Hassan

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