Hoteliers record an increase ahead of Easter

Tourists at the Sarova Whitesands in Mombasa PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa,KENYA:Hotels in coast region have recorded high number of visitors, ahead of the Easter holidays.

Many hotels especially in  areas of  South Coast like Diani and Ukunda, have recorded about seventy percent occupancy, and the number is expected to increase.

Kenya Association of Hotel-keepers and Caterers coast branch chairman Sam Ikaye, told Baraka FM that hotels in the  North Coast are currently at forty percent but  the numbers were expected to increase as from tomorrow Friday [good Friday].

“We are doing fairly better, and that is very encouraging. In areas like Malindi and Watumu, many hotels have recorded around 40% occupancy, considering that we are heading electioneering period on august” said Ikwaye.

Ikwaye added that many guests prefer to tour the country this holiday; maybe because they feared instability in August as a result of the polls.

In security, Ikawye said that they are working with county commissioners in all the counties, and all the security agencies including county askaris, to boost security this season.

“We have talked to commissioners and even traffic martial’s in all the counties to make sure there is law and order this season”, added Ikwaye.

The Easter holiday is expected to bring local and international in the region.

The Easter holidays start on Friday [Good Friday] and end on Monday {Easter Monday}.