Mombasa, KENYA: Tourism stakeholders at the Coast region are optimistic that the sector is growing due to the efforts made by players to improve the well being of the industry.
Kenya Coast Tourism Association director Millicent Odhiambo said figures from Kenya Tourism Board KTB indicate that tourism at the coast has risen by 16%.
Ms Odhiambo says efforts made by tourism recovery task force like infrastructure development programs and directs flights negotiation with the government, has been a key factor in the growth of the industry.
She also emphasized that the new Standard Gauge Railway project SGR once completed, will significantly bring more income to the tourism industry.
Speaking to Baraka FM on Tuesday, Millicent said that the expansion of berth number one at the port of Mombasa has provided a platform for the sector to receive more cruise ship from other countries.
She urged government to fast track the issue of having direct flights for tourists travelling from western countries to Mombasa, so as to increase the number of tourist visiting the region.
She said landing fees rates for flights from abroad has been high compared to neighboring country Tanzania, that has been seen receiving more tourists than Kenya.