Kenya tourism marketers welcome 576 tourists aboard the first cruise ship in Mombasa

Published on : Friday, January 5, 2018

Kenya tourism marketersKenya’s tourism marketers welcomed 576 tourists who arrived at the Port of Mombasa aboard cruise ship, MS Nautica, marking the first cruise ship arrival to the country this year.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO Betty Radier said in a statement that the cruise ship arrived in the tourism resort city from Zanzibar and is scheduled to make a one day stop before it sails onward to Mahe Island in the Seychelles.

According to Radier, “The arrival of MS Nautica portrays the uniqueness of Mombasa as a port of call, especially considering that Mombasa is the only port in the region where disembarking passengers can get to go on safari within the short duration of their stop.”

She welcomed the arrival of the cruise ship, and said that its arrival is yet another major boost to the coastal region’s tourism sector as the festive season comes to an end.

Development and promotion of cruise tourism is among the primary agenda of Kenyan tourism instead of relying solely on beach and safari for marketing.

Kenya is rich in diverse tourism attractions and is today a renowned name in the world market.

During their one day stop, the tourists will visit Amboseli National Park and also tour various parts of Mombasa including the iconic Fort Jesus, a historical site in Mombasa.
Shimba Hills National Park, Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park as well as Amboseli National Park are among the national parks that are within easy reach of cruise ship travelers arriving in Mombasa.

Kenya’s main mode of tourist arrivals, however, remains air transport. Tourists arrive into the East African nation through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the capital and Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa.


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