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Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

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Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

Kenya plans to construct three resort cities in order to deliver on its target of increasing bed capacity to cope with anticipated increase of the number of tourists in the country.

Tourism Minister Dan Mwazo said the resort cities will be constructed at the Coastal towns of Diani and Kilifi, and one in Isiolo in northern Kenya as part of the flagship projects under Vision 2030.

http://www.coastweek.com/kenxin_280912_02.htm

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1. Re: Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

Thanks TF. It's all pie in the sky – thank goodness. What is a "resort city"? And assuming its some kind of purpose-built Sun City type affair, why does Dan Mwazo think tourists want to go to Kenya to stay in one? Like much of the Vision 2030 plans, including the "new modern railway line and a highway stretching from Lamu to Ethiopia and Southern Sudan" it's complete fantasy unless corporations with billions to invest want to lob their cash in Kenya's direction.

Fortunately, there are thousands of creative, hard-working, switched-on people in Kenya who are already running the kind of places tourists want to stay at. Their biggest problems are 1) low average occupancy rates, partly caused by external factors like Somalia that are outside anyone's control and 2) a government that can't behave responsibly or even legally, can't communicate anything, and doesn't have 20:20 vision, let alone a vision for 2030.

Sunday morning soapbox moment…

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2. Re: Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

Pity Tripadvisor doesn't have a 'like' button

plus there are already hundreds of empty beds here at the coast anyway, I would have thought the last thing holding back tourism in Kenya is the number of beds. Far from demand outstripping supply it's contracting, at least here on the coast where tourist arrivals at Mombasa Airport were down over 20% in the first 6 months of this year

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3. Re: Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

There would be less empty beds if the hotels reduced their rates . Dont they realise that if rates were reduced more people would book holidays. Secondly the airfares need to stop rising.

It was cheaper for me to book my own flights and rent an apartment for 4 weeks on the north coast than stay in a hotel for for 1 week. A.I

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4. Re: Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

The hotel management seem to think they will get a better class of clientele if their prices are kept high. The large group who seemed determined to drink the bar dry at Voyager before the altercation didn't seem to realise that!

Unfortunately the days of the cheap flight has gone now that the tax makes up such a large proportion of the ticket price. African Safari Club always had good deals for flight onlys.

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5. Re: Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

"There would be less empty beds if the hotels reduced their rates . Dont they realise that if rates were reduced more people would book holidays"

Not strictly true as the tour companies were paying the hotels a pittance per room to bring tourists into Mombasa. When the hoteliers (North coast) decided they wanted more the companies pulled out, hence the south coast tends to be heavy in brochures now.

The vast majority of tourists book a full package so have no need for a cheap hotel.

Your right on the flights though, that the big reason for the drop in heads coming through to Mombasa. Charters and scheduled are expensive now.

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6. Re: Plans to set up resort cities to boost tourism bed capacity

It's the flight prices that are killing it, hotel prices are no problem, with all these empty beds in the coastal hotels it's easy to haggle yourself a bargain.

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