Beautification of Mombasa a plus to tourism

A picture of one of the streets in Mombasa.PHOTO COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: The beautification of Mombasa has been a great plus to the county’s tourism sector.

In an interview with Baraka FM, Chief Executive Officer Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers, Sam Ikwaye, said tourism has increased by 60% with both local and foreign tourists.

He said that contrary to the near past where buildings had different colors and quite dirty, Mombasa is now more beautiful and appealing to visitors hence good for tourism.

“What we need to do is really fast track proper legislation. Entertainment has not been given its rightful place in the coastal region, Mombasa currently does not have a functioning board to manage entertainment issues,” said Ikwaye.

Ikwaye challenged the county to keep up the good work and also to the members of the public to help sustain the state Mombasa is in now, by disposing dirt in a proper manner.

“Besides the beauty of the eyes we need to come up with many other attractions, the days we had old tourists coming to sleep on the beach for two weeks are gone, we are having much younger tourists who wants to come and have a lot of action, who wants to come and keep sharing the experiences,” he added.