According to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, the country’s tourism industry is experiencing a significant resurgence, indicating a recovery from the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Friday at the Kenya Revenue Authority Taxpayers Day event presided over by President William Ruto in Mombasa, Gachagua said that Kenya is now the preferred international destination for investors and tourists.
The deputy president emphasised that tourism in Kenya is booming, with all hotel rooms in popular destinations like Mombasa and Maasai Mara fully booked until February of next year.
He went on to suggest that those planning to visit the Coastal city for the Christmas holiday consider other options, such as visiting the village.
“Because of anchoring the country properly in the international stage. Kenya is now the destination of choice for investors and tourists and coming from the COVID challenge where our tourism sector almost came down.”
“I want today authoritatively to inform the people of Kenya that tourism has picked up for a good turn and as we speak today all hotel rooms in Mombasa, Maasai Mara have been booked up to February next year. So, anyone who wants to travel to Mombasa for Christmas and you have not booked your room you just have to go to your village and relax there with your ancestors.”
He went on to encourage residents of Mombasa and other cities to consider hosting tourists in their homes, saying it would benefit the country by increasing “foreign exchange earnings and creating employment.”
“And we are encouraging the people of this great city of Mombasa and other cities to consider travelling upcountry and avail their homes here for tourists because that is good for the country in terms of foreign exchange earnings and creating employment,” said Gachagua.
Meanwhile, the government sought to reassure the public by promising that all tourism revenue would be spent wisely, contributing to the country’s overall welfare and development.
“Ours is to give that assurance, On behalf of those who work with the president that all the money that you pay will used prudently,” he said.