1000 cruise tourists give major boost to Kenya's tourism

The tourism sector received a major boost when a luxury cruise ship docked at the port of Mombasa with more than 1,000 tourists and crew. MS Nautica, which is operated by Oceania Cruises, arrived in Mombasa for the second time this year from Seychelles with 684 passengers and 386 crew members.

The ship's arrival pushed the number of cruise tourists this year to more than 1,800 up from 900 in 2014.

The majority of the holidaymakers were from the US while others came from UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Poland Netherlands, Hong Kong and Thailand. Others were from South Africa, Portugal, Norway, Canada, Brazil, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.

Upon arrival, some tourists flew over to the world famous Maasai Mara reserve for game drives while others travelled to Amboseli and Tsavo East and West national parks.

Other wildlife lovers went to Shimba Hills Game Reserve and Mwalughanje Elephant Sanctuary while some toured Mombasa town and Bombolulu workshop cultural center.

Kenya Tourism Board said the arrival of the cruise ship was a major boost to cruise tourism in the country. The US and UK governments' lift of travel advisories against Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi counties had lifted tourism in the region.

Source: eTN