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Mombasa hoteliers at a bumper Easter holiday harvest

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[Travelers beach hotel Manager Fred Kiuru. Photo/Elvis Kenga].

Tourism sector in the Coastal city of Mombasa is enjoying a bumper Easter long weekend aggregated by domestic market.

Hoteliers said they have experienced bed occupancy of 100 percent over joyous Easter holiday period.

Most of the seafront hotels are fully booked since last Friday.

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

Travellers Beach Hotel General Manager Fred Kiuru said advance bookings and reservations had been ‘very encouraging’ with local holidaymakers accounting for the highest percentage.

Mr. Kiuru noted the facility had 90 per cent of domestic and 10 percent international visitors adding that they are expected to remain throughout the holiday.

He said the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway-SGR train service has attracted 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 are responsible for the growth of domestic tourist numbers” noted Mr. Kiuru.

He said he is pleased with the high influx of visitors during the long Easter weekend in Mombasa.

Fred said Travelling by Madaraka Express has become the preferred mode of transport for travelers and mostly domestic tourists coming to Mombasa urging the management to increase more coaches to cater for the high demand of the services.

Award winning tour firm, Bonfire Adventures had more than 1000 passengers travelling to Mombasa on the SGR passenger trains.

Mr. Simon Kabu, Chairman Bonfire Adventures while addressing journalists at the Mombasa West Railway Terminus said that more Kenyans and international visitors were now sampling SGR passenger train service.

Bonfire Adventures chartered more than 50 shuttle vans and buses to ferry passengers who were destined for various hotels in both the North and South Coast for Easter holiday.

The Madaraka Express Passenger train remained one of the most preferred means of transport for holidaymakers coming to the Kenyan Coast for Easter festivities.

Local tourists from up-country interviewed said they were happy with hospitality services offered by hotels.

At the recreational places along the beach security was given a priority.