Festive bookings rise as tourism players prepared to witness a busy festive season

Published on : Monday, November 22, 2021

The main tourism players are now looking forward to experience a busy festive season, after the opening up of the economy.


From the second week of December, hoteliers expect 80 per cent occupancy, as airlines and the Madaraka Express Passenger train service have been fully booked for the upcoming holidays.


Jimi Kariuki, the Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board has explained that in domestic leisure and business travel, strong growth can be seen in the festive season 2021/22.


To quote Kariuki, “The tourism sector has continued to prioritise Covid-19 vaccine among its employees which has played a part in raising confidence levels with travellers from within and outside terming Kenya a safe zone to travel.

He also mentioned that the sector will follow all necessary health and safety rules issued by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, highlighting that a break of the curfew has made tourism businesses to increase operating hours.


This, he observed and said that the sector will see more employees coming back to work, helping the livelihoods of three million people directly and indirectly.


He also observed that Coastal destinations of Diani, Mombasa, Kilifi, Watamu, Malindi and Lamu as well as Maasai Mara are still the main destinations that perk up domestic travel with increased in visitor numbers, noting that Tsavo, Amboseli, Shaba, Samburu, Naivasha, Nakuru and Laikipia are also seeing lots of interests.

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