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Direct Charter flights from Malindi to Italy suspended

07 April 2015, 09:06 Ken Wekesa

Malindi - Charter flights to Malindi from Italy have been put on hold following the Garissa attack.

Garoda resort director, Guido Bertoni said that the move by the charter flights is a big blow to hotels in Malindi because the Italian market is their biggest clientele. He said that the times ahead will not be easy in the already wounded industry.

Bertoni reiterated that despite the cancellation, hotels are enjoying bookings made by domestic tourists who have turned up in large numbers to celebrate the Easter holiday.

“It’s a relief that the industry is picking. We are working despite the numerous challenges we have been encountering; we have many hotels booked,” said Bertoni.

Harold Otieno, a tourism consultant by profession who was also on holiday at the Garoda resort, said the Garissa attack has immensely hurt the tourism sector in the region and urged the government to find ways of changing the perception of the international market that Kenya is not safe.

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Harold urged Kenyans not to shun the coast saying it is safe.

The Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa on Friday assured all institutions and facilities in the county of security.

He said that the security agencies will keep vigil of all facilities in the region, and urged the students to make use of nyumba kumi initiative in their hostels.

Marwa urged students who stay in school hostels to be their brothers' keepers and report any suspicious students to the police.

The county commissioner said that the four suspects arrested for threatening the society at the City mall in Nyali constituency are in police custody and helping the police with investigations.

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