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Cruise ship terminals official opening | Coastweek

Coastweek-- Tourism CS Najib Balala commissions cruise ship terminals at the Kilindini port. The event was witnessed by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Ministry of Tourism Principal Secretary Ms Fatma Mohamed, MCTA chairman and the CEO of Heritage group of and Hotels Mohamed Hersi, KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi among other tourism stakeholders. PHOTO BY TITUS MUSAU

Tourism CS Najib Balala Commissions
Mombasa Cruise Ship Terminal

Coastweek-- Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has commended Kenya Ports Authority  for initiating construction of the cruise ship terminal at the Port of Mombasa.

The Cabinet Secretary said the cruise ship terminal to be developed at a cost of Kshs. 350 million was a major boost to Kenya’s tourism sector as it will encourage the number of holiday makers visiting the country.

Trademark East Africa (TMEA) is a development partner, with a contribution of Ksh.100 million of the total budget.

Speaking at the KPA head-quarters on Friday during the launch of the development of the terminal, Balala said the facility will be a game changer in the tourism sector.

“Construction of the terminal will allow for an increased volume of cruise ships to arrive at the port, turning the Port of Mombasa into the main tourist destination in East and Central Africa,” he said.

Balala said the development of the terminal was necessary since it will be the tourists’ first point of interaction with the country.

 

MCTA chairman welcomes Tourism CS | Coastweek

 
  Coastweek-- Tourism CS Najib Balala is being received by MCTA chairman and the CEO of Heritage group of Hotels Mohamed Hersi on arrival at Kilindini Port to commission cruise ship terminals.  PHOTO BY TITUS MUSAU

“We want to have entertain-ment by dance troupes thus supporting local economy, have a shopping area and introduce guests to local cultures and cuisines before they proceed to the mainland or other parts of the country,” he added.

Speaking during the event, KPA Managing Director Mrs. Catherine Mturi-Wairi, expressed delight saying this was a significant milestone for the Port of Mombasa and for Kenya as a country.

“For us and the tourism sector this is a perfect Christmas gift.

The launch of the development of this cruise terminal comes at a time when the Port is getting back on the international cruise itinerary as witnessed by the increased number of cruise vessel calls in the last two years,” said the managing director.

She informed the meeting that last season the port received 10 vessels with over 6,000 tourists and this season already two vessels have called at the port with more expected.

“Ten years ago, our port attracted over 40,000 cruise tourists per year.

Upon completion of this terminal, we expect the numbers to grow significantly since security in the region has greatly improved,” the MD added.

On his part TMEA Director General, David Stanton cited tourism as being critical to the country’s economy saying it had the potential to impact a large number of the poor and women, directly and indirectly repre-senting over 500,000 jobs.

“Tourism currently contributes 10.5 per cent to the Country’s GDP and is projected to grow at 5% per annum up to the year 2025.

“We are excited by the growth of the sector and its enormous potential.

“This fits well with TMEA vision of improved prosperity through creation of sustainable jobs,” he said. Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who was also present acknowledged the initiative saying his government fully supports the project.

“We must continue to en-courage meaningful engage-ments and partnerships for the promotion of tourism to be realized,” said the Governor.

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