By: CHARLES MGHENYI
HOTELIERS at the Coast are optimistic that they will receive a high number of foreign and local tourists this December holiday.
The hoteliers said the recent visit by US President Barack Obama has helped the once ailing tourism industry to start picking up.
They said the expected visit by Pope Francis in November and UK Prime Minister David Cameroon next year will also propel tourism to higher heights.
Travellers Beach Hotel general manager Fred Kiiru said the business atmosphere is now promising and they are gearing up for a booming season starting November to April next year.
“Our expectations are very high because of these visits by the high-profile individuals. We expect good business this year-end,” he said.
Kiiru, who spoke on behalf of the Association of North Coast Hotels, said after Obama’s visit in July, they started receiving increased bookings from Western countries source markets.
“We’ve realised that whenever an important figure comes to our country, this usually results in an increase in the number of bookings and inquiries,” he said.
Kiiru praised the meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cameron in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, saying this will help revive tourism.
“That meeting has already started bearing fruit because we are beginning to see inquiries and bookings from the UK and other European markets,” he said.