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Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

Coast Hoteliers Turn to Internet to Boost Bed Occupancy

…blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/coast-hoteliers-turn…

"Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association has also learnt that TripAdvisor- a website that helps users in putting together travel information, posting reviews and opinions of travel-related content and engaging in interactive travel forums- announced results of its social media survey from 1700 respondents. The results show that 76 percent of the respondents use the internet for travel. Additionally, 42% of the respondents said that they use social media networks to aid them in planning their travel. 40% of the respondents use the social media to find their travel inspiration. "

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1. Re: Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

"Coast Hoteliers Turn to Internet to Boost Bed Occupancy" and they are waking up now?

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2. Re: Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

Hello !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3. Re: Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

Better late than never, right?

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4. Re: Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

With the lack of flights, especially reasonably priced flights and negative publicity in the run up to the elections it will take more to get tourist numbers up.

We can all surf the web but you have to want to visit a destination first and be able to afford it.

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We have been handed a lifeline now. Is is up to us to make the best of it.

…blogspot.com/2012/10/coast-tourism-set-to-g…

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I wouldn't hold my breath, just because the flights resume it doesn't necessarily mean more customers, 'hub' services like Turkish don't tend to be used by average tourists, for although they are cheap they are inconvenient with long stopovers, so tend to be used by ex-pats and regular visitors who do not use hotels.

Your organisation would be better campaigning to make Mombasa Airport a more welcoming experience, the ridiculously inefficient and unpleasant immigration process, slow and chaotic baggage handling and the deeply unpleasant, often offensive customs officials looking to make a few hundred shillings are enough to put anyone off entering Kenya through Mombasa (it makes Nairobi seem like a dream by comparison)

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7. Re: Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

This little article mentioned in your article doesnt exactly help....

Do NOT travel to MOMBASA …… UN issues TRAVEL ADVISORY

kenyan-post.com/2012/10/do-not-travel-to-mom…

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Guys, with that kind of attitude, it is no surprise that we fail so miserably. While we admit that these are valid concerns that you raise, it is the way we respond to these challenges that will define us. We will take up your challenge and see how we can work with Mombasa International Airport to make the experience a pleasant one.

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"enough to put anyone off entering Kenya through Mombasa (it makes Nairobi seem like a dream by comparison)"

Oh dear, Doff...THAT bad?? (-:

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10. Re: Trip Advisor mentioned on MCTA blog

Sorry but you fail so miserably because the powers that be are in it purely for their own sake. They take but don't give, they have milked the country's natural resources of weather, land, beaches and wildlife for too long. They 'promote' tourism by swanning round the world, they do nothing practical to improve their product like Kenya's competitors are doing and in doing so, taking the tourists away to cheaper, plusher, and (perceived) safer destinations. On the contrary they seem to come up with one thing after another to discourage tourism, if they wanted to improve tourism they could do so by actually taking positive action to improve the product rather than thinking that marketing can solve the problem. Start by improving the infrastructure, the roads along the coast and to the parks, the airports, the power supply, clearing the tons of litter that line the route between the airport and the hotels (or better still educate people to stop throwing their waste wherever they feel like), clearing the beach boys, who put so many tourists off ever coming back, away from the hotels. Making arriving in the country live up to the 'karibu' ethos. Improving the hotel stock, a 5 star hotel here looks shabby compared to an average 3 star in SE Asia which also charges a fraction of the price of a 3 star or 4 star here. The prices of North Coast hotels are now ridiculous for the quality on offer.

People don't want platitudes, they don't want people burying their heads and grasping at every sliver of potentially good news and saying its all going to be OK isn't helping anyone. The government should be asking why arrivals at Mombasa dropped by 22% in the first 6 months of this year, why are so many companies dropping their routes, or trying them for a short period and not persevering?

Don't get me wrong I love Kenya and I would love it to succeed but it is so frustrating to watch it slowly slide into more and more decay.

(Yes Calinurse - that bad, because its just a destination and not a hub as well, everyone on the plane hits Immigration at the same time, well over 200 people off the plane and straight into a single room, large but hot stuffy and crowded when everyone is in it. If a second plane lands soon after the first people have reported it taking 2 to 2 ½ hours to clear Immigration, and then you have the joys of Customs to go through).

Edited: 19 October 2012, 10:03