Tourist numbers going up in Kenya

Published on : Thursday, January 3, 2019

The international market has got back its confidence in Kenya with tourist numbers going up, according to Travelers Beach Hotel sales and marketing manager Wafula Waswa.

 

Waswa said that the Sh200 million charter Incentive Programme that started in 2016 boosted arrivals. The package includes a waiver of landing fees at Mombasa and Malindi airports for all charter aircraft terminating at the Kenyan coast. The package also considers a passenger subsidy of $30 (Sh3,052) per seat for all charter flights landing at the coast with a minimum 80 per cent capacity.

 

There are 15 charter flights per week in Mombasa, which have been extended for another two years, said CS Tourism Najib Balala.

 

Data from Kenya Airports Authority shows that there have been at least 126,696 air travelers into Mombasa by November last year. This marks a 24.5 per cent growth, surpassing Jomo Kenyatta and Eldoret International airports.

 

Waswa spoke during a gala dinner to usher in the New Year. Nominated MP Maina Kamanda and Infrastructure PS John Mosonik were also present. Kenya hosted the 79th Skal International World Congress in Mombasa for the first time.

 

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