The number of tourists is expected to be greater in the peak season closing in Malindi and the North Coast. Most of the hotels have now opened in the resort town of Malindi and targets the Italian and domestic tourists. Phillip Chai who is the chairman Kenya Hotel Keepers and Caters association North Coast said while addressing the press in Malindi that most of the hotel are back in business after renovations in the past three months since there was no profitable business going on.
He also mentioned that there are about four new hotels which were established by investors in areas of Watamu and Malindi town and these towns became some of the big tourism attraction in the country. This resort is worth billions of shillings and it is owned by one Billionaire from Italy Flavio Briatore which was set up to help boost the tourism industry.
Chai said that this new Investments were Watamu bay, merry beach, Kola Beach and Orra Investments which will attract more tourists in the resort town and it is very important to note that the investors are doing a good job in terms of marketing and improving the tourism industry. The KHKCA chairman added that the investors should not be discouraged by the attacks on Kenya as these will soon end and more security measures have been put in place to assurance every one in the country of tight security of both their lives properties. Chai also advised politicians to be careful during their campaigns to avoid making statements that could scare away tourists.
He also encouraged the government to help identify and punish all those genuine investors and leave those operating legally to work freely without inconveniencing them. Government should always carry out an investigation about the investors coming in the country and deal with the investors who are operating illegally according to the law, say for example in the Malindi which is major tourism destinations in Coast region and attracts thousands of tourists every year.
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