- The tourism and travel sectors have started to recover after Covid-19 pandemic. The bookings have been boosted by domestic tourism, everyone is on holiday, with many visitors expected.
People in the travel and tourism industry are rubbing their hands with anticipation of a bountiful holiday this weekend. Kenyans gear up for the annual Easter to the Coast.
Tourist resorts and hotels are fully booked, Madaraka Express trains and flight tickets are sold out this week as millions of people are preparing to celebrate the holiday in the Christian calendar.
A one-way plane ticket to Mombasa from Nairobi now goes for about Sh17,000 (USD.147) from as low as Sh5,000 (USD. 44), showing the high demand for flights as Kenyans seek to celebrate after two years of restrictions and lockdowns.
Kenya has 536km of coastline, Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and Diani have long been desirable destinations for those who love sandy beaches and a vibrant nightlife.
Bookings have been boosted by domestic tourism, with many visitors expected. This will be a boom for the industry, which is just recovering from Covid-19 pandemic shocks.amzn_assoc_placement = “adunit0”; amzn_assoc_search_bar = “true”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “moshenee-20”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “manual”; amzn_assoc_ad_type = “smart”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_title = “My Amazon Picks”; amzn_assoc_linkid = “609f2f04135cf7aec6c1371b33ea22ae”; amzn_assoc_asins = “B002LC9OES,B00II934TY,B08621FWD3,B09P32X91Q”; //z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US
Many hotels have, maintained their normal rates despite the expected high traffic.
“This is the most promising Easter weekend since 2019. The results are excellent from all the facilities at the Coast. The hotels are busy with a majority of them being at 70 per cent and above bed occupancy. About 90 per cent of the guests are locals, You cannot compare this to the previous years. In 2020, the pandemic had just hit in March and last year Nairobi was on lockdown, which is Coast’s largest domestic tourism market.”Victor Shitakha – Kenya Coast Tourism Association chairman
“The boom in business has been supported by the school calendar favouring the holiday season. We’ve been having guests since the beginning of April, especially families on holiday, the industry has, however, been affected by the war in Europe. The war in Ukraine is hurting tourism. Some 67 Ukrainian guests became refugees overnight. That was one of our main markets.”Kioko Musyoki – Leopards Beach Resort Diani General Manager
AirBnB are fully booked in Diani in Kwale County, Nyali and Shanzu in Mombasa. The apartments and villas are slightly cheaper, attracting tourist on a budget.
A single bedroom apartment is about Sh7,000 (USD.60) per night in Diani. A two-bedroom apartment, which is popular with families, goes for about Sh15,000 (USD.130).
“The abnormal prices at the pump are increasing our cost of doing business and we cannot increase or pass the cost to clients as some made prior bookings, most hotels are at 70 per cent in bookings, but the fuel crisis would hamper plans for game safaris.”Mohamed Hersi – Pollman’s Group Operations Director
“The fuel crisis is a big problem; diesel is in short supply and we have no requests for safaris this Easter, there is nothing to smile about this Easter as most of my game drive vehicles are grounded.”Monika Solanki – Kenya Association of Tour Operators Coast branch chairperson
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