The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mombasa Traders Reap From Headteachers' Meeting

THE head teachers' one-week symposium, which kicked off on Sunday in Mombasa, has boosted business in the resort town. Entertainment spots and lodgings in the Mtwapa and town have recorded full occupancy, as the teachers gathered for their 37th annual conference.

A manager at one of the deluxe apartments Ken Mureithi said the teacher's conference in the Mombasa is a blessing to the hospitality industry which is currently experiencing a slump. "We are grateful that they hold these meetings in Mombasa. Let them hold more. It's a low season and we need more domestic tourists to visit us," he said.

He said most of the teachers chose to stay in Mtwapa town because of the affordable accommodation rates. A spot-check in the town's facilities indicates that the hotels are fully booked until Sunday. The town's active night life has proved attractive to the teachers. "We have repeat customers who have stayed with us before and book their rooms even before they get here," said Mureithi.

He, however, cautioned the teachers to be careful and avoid falling prey to some commercial sex workers, who flocked the area to take advantage of them and steal their valuables. "We have seen grown up men crying after having all their money, mobile phones and laptops stolen by local prostitutes. Huku ni Mtwapa (this is Mtwapa)," he said.

At night the town is a hive of activity as the teachers head to various entertainment spots. The night entertainment spots, perhaps to entice the teachers, have put up numerous colourful banners and posters. "We came here to enjoy ourselves after a long day," said one of the head teachers who declined to be identified.

Some of the teachers have been flocking the beach, especially at the Jomo Kenyatta public beach, where vendors are making a killing by renting out swimming trunks and swimming costumes to those who keen to swim. Some of the beach boys have also benefitted as they act as tour guides to the school heads. The conference is organised by the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association and their theme for this year is; 'Change Management in a democratic society'.

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