by Joy Nabukewa
MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s hotels in
the tourist resorts of the Coast region on Friday announced that
they had registered 95 percent bookings for Easter festivities.
Most of the hotels are already fully booked thanks to the long
Easter holiday that begun on Friday until Monday.
The Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers Coast
branch executive officer Sam Ikwaye said some hotels are
witnessing between 90 and 100 percent bookings.
"Many hotels in Mombasa and South Coast have recorded up to
100 percent bookings.
"Coast remains a tourism destination for a majority of
tourists and this Easter," Ikwaye said.
He said hotels have also introduced tourism incentives for
domestic tourists, making the hospitality cost affordable.
"The increased bookings has been characterized by
introduction of new flights from Nairobi to Mombasa and Lamu by
budget carrier, Skyward Express,"said Ikwaye.
A spot check has established that Easter bookings have been
bolstered mainly by domestic tourism.
General Manager of Travelers Beach Hotel and Club Fred Kiuru
said local bookings are at 80 percent while the rest are from
regional and international markets.
He said majority of the tourists expected to flock to the
Coast are from Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret and Thika
Hotels in South coast are experiencing full bookings ahead of
Majority of the visitors according to hoteliers in the area
are locals from different parts of the country and east Africa
region including Uganda and Tanzania.
Leisure lodge resort Public Relations Manager Vivian Mtulis
said they have chattered a full aircraft to fly in visitors from
Nairobi for the Easter holiday to ensure they are not
Beach operators said the number of visitors has improved this
Easter compared to other year due to improved security in the
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