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Italian tourists pour in Malindi

19 July 2013, 18:11 Bob Ndwiga

The arrival of hundreds of Italian tourists at various tourists class Hotels in Malindi within the last three days has caused excitement at various beaches with more than 600 beach operators flocking the shorelines in anticipation of good trade.

Buying and selling dominated areas outside the beach which are designated for trade with a good number of tourists flocking the beaches to swim in the Indian Ocean.

Keen safari sellers who received tourists at the beach two days ago confessed that they have secured good business and taken a number of tourists for safari at the Tsavo East National park and excursions within the Kilifi County.

The chairman of the Malindi Tour Guides Association Aidaru Akhim said, “Business has woken up and some of my members managed to take at least five vans full of tourists to the Tsavo National park for wildlife drives and accommodation at the game lodges.”

Hundreds of tour guides, safari sellers, curio dealers and boat operators returned to the beaches at Malindi, Watamu, Mambrui, Che Shale and Mayungu area ready for the first benefits of the onset of high season.

“We are very excited that after three months of zero business and income from tourism, we are seeing tourists at the beaches and are already earning the Euros and the Dollars,” said Margret Karisa, a curio traders at the Dorado Beach in Malindi.

After three weeks of refurbishment at the various Hotels such as Tropical Village Hotel, Dream of Africa, Kilili Baharini, Coral Key Resort, Oasis Village and Jacarada Resort reopened to receive the first batch of tourists this season.

Sources at the various Hotels indicated that each had received at least 100 guests and tourism oriented trade and commerce has in essence started.

More than 100 traders majority of them women owners of the stalls at the various beach access curio stalls between the Coconut Village and the Dorado Cottages returned to work in the last two days fully stocking their establishments.

Tourism police officers intensified patrols at various beaches to ensure that the various traders and excursion sellers did not harass tourists.

Young beach boys who at times flock the shorelines and even disturb tourists right at the shores of the Indian Ocean as they swim or relax have in the last two days been kept away from the beaches although some manage to sneak into the areas and successfully sell excursions.

Malindi has however a huge number of children who are involved in truancy and the Shella location assistant Chief Nicodemus Mwayele estimates that at least 2 000 children are in truancy and begging.

The assistant chief has been firm in arrested children who loiter on the streets and beaches as well as parents who deliberately allow their children to beg from tourists.

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