Mombasa hotels gear up for Easter festivities

The tourism sector in the coastal city of Mombasa is registering a boom in hotel bookings, as it braces for the long Easter weekend.

Hoteliers interviewed by KNA said bookings are oscillating between 80 to 90 percent, ahead of the joyous Easter holiday period.

Most of the seafront hotels are already fully booked, thanks to the long Easter holiday that begins on Friday, until Monday.

Mombasa is the preferred holiday destination for many Kenyans and foreign visitors and each year it receives a record number of holidaymakers, arriving to savour its pristine beaches and tropical ambience.

The Travellers’ Beach Hotel Marketing Manager, Wafula Waswa said advance bookings and reservations had been ‘very encouraging’ with local holidaymakers accounting for the highest percentage.

He expressed hope that the hotel will be extremely busy and fully booked, over the Easter festivities.

Waswa noted that the facility had 90 per cent of domestic and international guests, adding that they are expected to remain busy until Monday.

He said the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) train service is attracting more domestic holidaymakers from upcountry due to its cost and time efficiency.

The SGR train service and a number of low-cost domestic airlines flying to Mombasa is responsible for the growth of domestic tourist numbers’ said Waswa in an interview.

Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort General Manager, Mohamed Omar said they expect a massive influx in domestic tourists this Easter season.

Omar said he is pleased with the high influx of visitors’ ahead of the long Easter weekend in the coastal city.

The Mombasa County Commissioner, Evans Achoki said security has been enhanced to ensure the safety of the local and foreign visitors.

Achoki said police are out in full force and have been deployed at beaches, shopping malls and places of worship during this festive period.

Source: Kenya News Agency