Coast hotels record surge in number of guests

Cruise tourists arrive in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Cruise tourists arrive in Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Hotels in parts of the Coast are enjoying roaring business thanks to the school holidays, conferences and international tourists, who have escaped winter for the warm weather.

According to Kenya Tourism Federation chairman Mohamed Hersi, hotels in the region are experiencing a surge in guest numbers due to the easing of political uncertainty after President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in on Tuesday.

“During the long electioneering period, international tourists had developed a wait-and-see attitude, a factor which had slowed down bookings,” he said.

He continued: “At the moment, international markets have gained confidence in Kenya after the swearing in ceremony. As a result, we are seeing a steady rise in visitor numbers in Mombasa from Nairobi and overseas markets.”

Mr Hersi, who is also the chief executive of Sun Africa Hotels, said hotel occupancy in Mombasa had jumped to between 60 and 70 per cent up from between 40 and 50 per cent last month.

“During the festive season, we expect hotels in Mombasa to enjoy visitor numbers of between 80 and 100 per cent bolstered by both local and international tourists coming for Christmas and the New Year,” he added.

Mr Hersi said Nyali Sun Africa Beach Resort in Mombasa was packed to capacity with guests from Nairobi and some international visitors from Europe.

Diani Reef Beach Resort managing director Bobby Kamani, said the hotel had 75 per cent up from 55 per cent last month.

Of the 75 per cent, 40 per cent are international guests from markets including India, China, the United States and the United Kingdom.