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Over 1 200 tourists tour Mombasa in four days

17 November 2015, 15:11 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa tourism industry is set to receive a major boost following the arrival of a cruise ship form Seychelles that had over 668 tourist and 300 crew members on board.

The tourists are set to visit various tourist destinations in the coastal region before proceeding with their journey across Africa at around 1900 hours.

Speaking to the press after docking of the MV Insginia at the port, Kenya Tourism Board managing director, Ndegwa Muriithi said Kenyan tourism industry is set to receive a major boost with the arrival of cruise ships.

“This is the third ship that had docked at the Kenya Port since the beginning of the year. The first ship docked in March and in a week over two ships have docked,” said Ndegwa.

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Ndgewa revealed that the tourism industry in Kenya is stabilizing at the moment and availability of security and the neutralization of the pirates in the high sea were the determining factors in tourism industry.

Kenya Ports Authority communication officer, Hajii Matemo revealed that the KPA had set a aside KES 50 million for the construction of a modern docking berth for the cruise ships and the money is set to rise to KES 100 million following the increased number of ships visiting the Kenyan Port.

“We have already made the designs for the project. We want a state-of-the-art facility here that will attract more tourists. We have raised KES 100 million and are set to attract investors in the project,” said Matemo.

This was the second ship that had docked the Mombasa port in a span of 4 days raising the number of tourists that have visited the town to over 1 000.

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