Kenya’s hotels in the tourist resorts of the Coast region on Friday announced that they had registered 95 percent bookings for Easter festivities.

Most of the hotels are already fully booked thanks to the long Easter holiday that begun on Friday until Monday.

The Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers Coast branch executive officer Sam Ikwaye said some hotels are witnessing between 90 and 100 percent bookings.

“Many hotels in Mombasa and South Coast have recorded up to 100 percent bookings. Coast remains a tourism destination for a majority of tourists and this Easter,” Ikwaye said.

He said hotels have also introduced tourism incentives for domestic tourists, making the hospitality cost affordable.

“The increased bookings has been characterized by introduction of new flights from Nairobi to Mombasa and Lamu by budget carrier, Skyward Express,”said Ikwaye.

A spot check has established that Easter bookings have been bolstered mainly by domestic tourism.

General Manager of Travelers Beach Hotel and Club Fred Kiuru said local bookings are at 80 percent while the rest are from regional and international markets.

He said majority of the tourists expected to flock to the Coast are from Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret and Thika counties.

Hotels in South coast are experiencing full bookings ahead of Easter holiday. Majority of the visitors according to hoteliers in the area are locals from different parts of the country and east Africa region including Uganda and Tanzania.

Leisure lodge resort Public Relations Manager Vivian Mtulis said they have chattered a full aircraft to fly in visitors from Nairobi for the Easter holiday to ensure they are not inconvenienced

Beach operators said the number of visitors has improved this Easter compared to other year due to improved security in the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh