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Mombasa hoteliers launch plan to boost tourism

19 September 2014, 23:00 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The county government in collaboration with the hospitality industry will host the first premier hospitality show to revamp and promote the tourism industry in the country by November this year.

The show themed “Getting Back on track” which is set to kick off by November 13-25 at Wild Waters hotel will see over 3000 players from the region showcase their hospitality products business and investments ideas and packages.

Hoteliers and business community in the region have expressed their hopes that the annual event organized by Slujan Events will attract over 100 both local and international exhibitors this year.

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This comes as over 20 tourism hotels in the entire coastal region still struggle to get back to business after travel advisories which had brought down the hotel business.

Speaking in Mombasa yesterday after announcing the start of the event, Mombasa county tourism Boss Job Tumbo said the county is concerned after travel advisories issued by foreign states almost crippled the sector.

“This show is aimed at increasing investor confidence in the coast and country at large and giving our local as well as international product suppliers a platform to engage with other international players to upgrade the tourism sector,” said Tumbo.

Tumbo said hotels are recording few foreign tourists and therefore the county government was focusing on promoting local tourism in the sector.

This comes as the government plans to come up with a tourism recovery plan strategy to revamp the tourism sector after the advisories made by foreign states that almost crippled the sector.

Cabinet Secretary of East Africa, for Commerce and Tourism Phylis Kandie had said the government is looking forward to establishing very practical medium and long-term tourism strategies to meet the International standards and serve E.A region.

Kandie noted that the government is also looking forward to woo more international guests by improving on the security system and lowering landing fees which she termed has been the major challenge.

Currently, Mombasa receives only 15 direct charter flights to Kenya from Ethiopian airlines and Turkey air lines which Kandie said the government was looking into to woo more international visitors.

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