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Cruise ship: Hope for industry as more tourists arrive

Cruise tourism is on it way to full recovery following the arrival of another vessel carrying over 1000 tourists at the port of Mombasa yesterday.

This is the second cruise ship to call at the port in a week and has also signaled renewed appetite for Kenya by tourists from Europe.  The arrival has renewed interest by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to construct a berth and tourists terminal at Port.

KPA said yesterday that it was in the process of tendering for the construction of the terminal and had set aside sh 100 million.

The port lacks a cruise facility for hosting holidaymakers when they arrive in Mombasa by sea. The port was last year voted as the Africa’s best cruise port during the World Travel Awards.

KPA principal communication officer Haji Masemo while welcoming the 1000 tourist  who arrived aboard  M/S Insignia which had  668 passengers and 400 crew members they planned to renovate shades at birth 1 and 2 which will be like a waiting room for tourist as it is in the airports.

“This year has promised that tourism will raise to what it was some years ago, hence we have set aside Sh 50 million which will see the renovation of these two shades that were built in 1940 and are really used now,” said Masemo.

He said that designs are already underway and the renovation would begin by mid March next year.

“The reception we gave to Oceanic cruise liners voted us the best place they have sailed through, hence we are also going to better that place by building this modern cruise terminal at the port,” said Masemo.

The tourists will spent the entire day on excursions at different tourist destinations among them Tsavo, Haller park, Amboseli.

Kenya Tourism Board(KTB) Managing Director Ndegwa Muriithi said two more cruise ships are expected in the country before the end of the year.

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