Cruise tourism picks up in Kenya

Improved security in the Indian Ocean waters attributed to the recovery.

Kenya’s prospect for cruise tourism is looking up with 3,196 cruise tourists being received in the country last year.

The noticeable improvement of security in the Indian Ocean waters has been singled out as a major encouragement for the tour operators selling cruise tourism to convince more cruise visitors to Kenya.

“We are now back on track and we welcome all cruise tourist operators to Kenya for tourism activities”, says Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

The resumption of cruise resonates well with the government’s charter incentive of Kshs 1. 2 B that is aimed at recovering the tourism sector at the coast.

Kenya Ports Authority is currently pursuing the dedication of a new berth to cruise ships for their smooth operation.

KPA has been voted for the second time in a row by the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Africa’s leading port and this has reinforced the confidence of cruises on the facility.

The Kenya government together with the industry players is also working on strategic tourism marketing, and demand – driven tourism development programmes to maximize on all tourism niches.

Majority of the tourists docking at the port of Mombasa  are from the US, UK, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, France, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, Ukraine, Mexico, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway,, Italy, Belgium, Portugal among others.

While in Mombasa, cruise tourists are treated to a full day excursions within the city and its environs. The excursions are undertaken in Bombolulu, Haller Park, Amboseli (by air), Shimba Hills, Mwalughanje and other city tours.