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Boost for tourism as Oman cruise ship docks

The slumping tourism industry got a major boost when a luxury yatch from Oman docked at the Mombasa Port with 500 visitors and crew even as the country faces uncertain repeat presidential polls.

Mv Fulk Al Salamah, said to be one of the most luxurious vessels ever to dock at the Coast, arrived at berth No 20 last Sunday morning on a voyage from the neighbouring Tanzania and Zanzibar. In the delegation were officials from the Oman Royal Navy.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Kenyan envoy to Oman, Shaikh Mohamed Dhori said the delegation from the Oman government was on a cultural tour to explore different ethnic diversities and lifestyles.

“During their four-day tour of the Coast, the visitors will visit different hotels and national parks which will be a big boost to the countries tourism sector,” said Balala.

He said the visit would also strengthen the bilateral, historical and cultural relationships the two countries have enjoyed for decades. “It is historic for Kenya to receive a delegation of such magnitude from Oman,” said Balala.

One of the visitors who were entertained by local dancers from the indigenous communities said he was overjoyed to be in Mombasa since he was visiting Kenya for the first time.

“Previously, I visited Tanzania and Zanzibar, but I am glad to land on Kenyan soil for the first time as it gives me a new experience. I am here to learn different cultural diversities,” he said. Express Shipping and Logistics managing director Silvester Kututa said the purpose of the tour was to learn about the local culture and the country’s beauty.

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