The country’s slumping tourism industry got a major boost when a luxury yacht from Oman docked at the Mombasa Port with 500 visitor on board despite political uncertainty.
Fulk Al Salamah, one of the luxurious vessels ever to dock in the country at berth No. 20 at 8am on Sunday on voyage from neighbouring Zanzibar. Tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala, accompanied by Kenyan envoy to Oman Sheikh Mohamed Dhori, said the delegation from the Oman government is on a tour to explore cultural diversities in the country.
The CS said during their four days stay in Mombasa, the visitors will tour different hotels and national parks which is a boost to the countries tourism sector. He said the visit will also strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.Among the delegation are officials from the Oman Royal Navy.
“It is historic for Kenya to receive a delegation of such magnitude from Oman. The two countries have a very good relationship and this visit will strengthen our bilateral relations,” said Balala.
The Cabinet secretary warned political factions in the country to lower down political temperatures terming it a threat to the tourism sector. The concerns come in the wake of calls for presidential election boycott championed by Opposition leaders ahead of October 26 poll repeat.
“At the moment, marketing Kenya as a tourism destination has become very difficult owing to the political situation. Some feel the country is still undergoing elections,” said Balala. One of the visitors, who was entertained by local dancers, said he was overjoyed to be in Mombasa. He was visiting Kenya for the first time and was eager to explore the different cultures.
“Previously, I visited Tanzania and Zanzibar, but I am glad to land on the Kenyan soil for a new experience,” he said. Express Shipping and Logistics managing director Silvester Kututa explained that the purpose of his visit was to explore the country’s beauty.