Hoteliers have been advised to take advantage of duty free importation of hotel refurbishment materials to give a facelift to their properties.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says regular improvement of accommodation facilities was a global acceptable trend that will put hospitality sector on the expected standards.
The CS made the remarks yesterday evening when he presided over the official opening of Hill Park Amare Resort in Diani, Kwale County.
The Kshs 200 million facility is targeting honeymooners and is billed as one of the new tourism products to spice up the beach product known for the coastal region.
While lauding the proprietors of the facility, Balala termed the investment as an indication of local investors’ confidence on the growth of the tourism business in the country.
“We are optimistic of an upward growth in arrival numbers. We are getting positive responses from our key tourist source markets and therefore prospects for a rebound, “says the Cs.
Kenya Tourism Board chairman (KTB) Jimi Kariuki said the board is extensively sensitizing on the charter incentive programs with the travel trade to increase its up take.
The incentives, he said, will be impactful once charters resume their operations in the coastal region that has borne the brunt of a dip in arrivals.
He commented the opening of the resort which he said will add to the profile of Kenya not only as a honey moon destination but exotic get-away for both local and international clients.
Amare Resort has three honey moon suites and 10 luxurious rooms all facing the majestic seas of the Indian Ocean.