Mombasa,KENYA:Hundreds of domestic and foreign tourists flocked Jomo Kenyatta public beach in Mombasa to celebrate Christmas day.
The merry makers travelled as far as Kiambu County to enjoy the sandy beach popularly know as pirates.
Mrs. Justina Nduta, from Kiambu County says she enjoyed her time in Mombasa and even visited the famous Fort Jesus, which was build in the 15th Century.
Fort Jesus was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO in 2011.
Nduta was accompanied by her family of six and says she had to visit the beach before completing her Mombasa tour.
“While we were on our way from Mtwapa to town, we noticed that many people were heading to Pirates beach, and that is when we decided also join them here”. She said, while buying a swimming costume at the beach” . She said.
She says she was elated by the number of local tourist visiting the areas noting that it a good sign for the the tourism industry.
“I am happy that we made it here and am also glad to see large numbers of domestic tourists here. This shows that we ready to improve the economy of our country”. She added.
It was also a good day for small traders stationed at the beach as holidaymakers bought items on display ranging from swimming gears to leggings.
Mrs. Mary Ochieng’ a business woman at the pirates beach, trades in swimming gears and she says business is booming following the festivity.
She says she was able to sell more than 200 pieces of swimming gears including; swimming costumes, shorts, leggings, shower caps and leso per day.
“In 2015 business was low. I never made lots of sales compared to this year. Am happy that am making some profits after selling these clothes” she said.
Traders in the area have urged the government to reduce taxes on items such as clothes so that they could make more profits and contribute to the economy of the county.