Kenya's coastal hotels booked despite attacks

April 04, 2012

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Hotels and resorts in major tourist cities along Kenya's coast have been fully booked for the Easter holiday weekend despite the recent terror attacks in Mombasa, Business Daily Africa reported on Tuesday (April 3rd).

Hotels in Malindi, Watamu and Mombasa continue to maintain full bookings. Although hotel owners say they have had no cancelations, they are not sure of future bookings, the paper reported.

"Though we might not see new cancellations this season, there could be a slowdown in bookings going ahead," said Mike Macharia, chief executive of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers.

The hospitality sector has a target to increase earnings to 130 billion shillings ($1.6 billion) and boost visitors from 2 million in 2012 to 3 million, Tourism Minister Danson Mwazo said last week. Last year, the sector recorded its best year, with revenues of 98 billion shillings ($1.2 billion).

In January, however, arrival numbers dropped by 3.2%, as compared with the same month last year, the paper reported.

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