The Star (Nairobi)

16 December 2013

Kenya: Bed Occupancy to Hit 90 Per Cent By Christmas, Say Hoteliers

HOTELIERS at the Coast are optimistic they will hit 90 per cent bed occupancy by next week. Currently many hotels are ranging between 60 and 70 per cent since the start of the month of December which is among the high seasons in tourism industry.

The executive officer of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers, Sam Ikwaye said domestic tourists have greatly contributed towards this year's bookings. He said many people are now coming down to the coast region for the holidays and they expect the number to rise by the end of this week.

"We are looking forward to having a very successful season," he said. He said Miss Tourism Kenya beauty pageant finals slated for Thursday where 47 finalists from all the counties are expected to participate will also play a major role in attracting visitors to the coast.

Mombasa executive secretary in charge of tourism Anthony Njaramba had earlier said the finals will boost domestic tourism in the region. He said the finals will help market Mombasa County to the whole country and the entire world. "It's our time to showcase our beautiful heritage at the coast," he said..

Mombasa County is struggling to achieve its lost glory in tourism industry with increased schedule and charter flights which have since been reintroduced into the region. On November 6, a German based flight, Condor airplane made its return to Mombasa after being away for four years.

The new flight is now bringing in about 270 tourists every week. Other direct flights to Mombasa are from Italy and the Emirates airline.

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