The introduction of double-decker sightseeing buses to Mombasa’s tourism scene is a milestone towards elevating tourism industry and building the infrastructure for sustainable tourism.
According to Mombasa County Trade, Tourism and Investment Executive member Fawz Rashid, the service will address the gap in the sector and make Mombasa more appealing as a leisure destination for tourists.
He said the County government will work closely with the management of the sightseeing buses to put a facelift at the various stopping points so as to give tourists the opportunity to have quality interactions with the existing rich history and culture through sampling local cuisines, shopping for traditional souvenirs and taking part in local dances and music.
He added that the new venture will also loop youth and women into the tourism value chain as they will venture into tourism related income generating projects.
“This sightseeing bus should not only offer a fantastic service for tourists coming to Mombasa but for people living or working in or around Mombasa and friends and relatives visiting the county too,” he added.
The open roof double decker bus will allow tourists to hop-on and hop-off as much as they like at any of the bus stops on the route and see all the best sights and attractions in Mombasa.
“These tours will be one of the best ways for visitors in Mombasa to get acquainted with all that this unique city has to offer, reiterated Mr. Fawz.
Among those who graced the launch were Mombasa Catholic archdiocese Martin Kivuva, Tourism Finance Corporation MD Mr. Jonah Orumoi, Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers CEO Mr. Sam Ikwaye and Kenya Coast Tourist Association CEO Mr. Julius Owino.