Hotels at the coast region recorded 80 to 90 percent bookings during the Christmas period, raising hopes of tourism improvement especially in the region this year.
Kenya Coast Tourism Association Chairman Mohamed Hersi says the increase in bookings during the holidays from less than 50 percent same period in 2014, was due to increased security levels.
“We have seen a lot of change in security matters and I can say we had a very smooth festive season. It was calm and easy,” Hersi told Capital FM Business on Monday.
Coastal tourism plays a key role in Kenya’s tourism sector as a whole but has continued to suffer due to low international arrivals since 2013.
For example, between January and September 2015 foreign visitors arriving through Moi International Airport in Mombasa, decreased to 53,084 from 94,750 in 2014, representing a 43.9 percent drop
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