Mombasa hoteliers launch plan to boost tourism
19 September 2014, 23:00
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
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
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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