The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is constructing a modern cruise terminal at the port of Mombasa aimed at complementing the tourism sector in the region.
KPA Managing Director Catherine Mturi-Wairi says the Sh.350 million cruise ships terminal at berth No. 1 and 2 is being constructed under joint funding by the Kenya government and a private firm Trade Mark East Africa.
Mrs. Wairi said the construction of the cruise terminal with two passenger pavilions began in December 2016 and steady progress is being made.
She said the construction is coming at a time when the port of Mombasa is getting back on the international cruise itinerary as witnessed by the increased number of cruise ships calling at the port in recent years.
Currently, we continue to receive cruise ships at a main cargo terminal but the new facility is expected to be completed by October 2018,’ she said on Wednesday at a KPA sponsored media workshop in Mombasa.
She added the new cruise shipping facility once functional will be able to welcome mega cruise ships.
Mrs. Wairi said a survey carried out in 2015 by Tourism and Transport Consultant International on cruise tourist potential for Kenya, predicted that Mombasa could attract 140,000 passengers per year.
She said the port of Mombasa for the last ten years has received 40,000 cruise tourists adding that upon completion of the terminal, the numbers could grow significantly.
The report further showed that worldwide, the industry boasts of 12 million tourists annually.
Source: Kenya News Agency