By Marie Yambo
Mombasa Island and its environs continue to witness an influx of merry makers, as both Kenyans and international tourists throng hotels and beaches in the region.
A spot check by KBC at the facilities revealed a beehive of activities at the Kenyatta public beach locally known as pirates, with vibrant beach goers enjoying the sunny weather and sandy beaches.
Visitors at the public beach were also treated to a rare moment to ride a white motor vehicle jeep with the ability to cruise in the ocean like a marine vessel.
Ernest Nadome, the Kenya Electrical Trade and Allied Workers Union (KETAWU) Secretary General could not hide his joy and urged Kenyans to embrace the idea of domestic tourism and appreciate their country.
African cuisine, barbecue and drinks were also on offer for domestic and international tourists, like Terry Gore, from the United Kingdom who termed Kenya the destination of choice.
Business is also booming for hotels which have recorded 100 percent bed occupancy this festive season.
Travelers beach Hotel and club North of the Island boasted of 100 percent bookings with 60 percent local and 40 international tourists.
The Sales and marketing manager Wafula Waswa told KBC that they appreciated that Kenyans now embraced the idea of domestic tourism.
He said that the hotel industry no longer relied entirely on foreign tourists to sustain itself because Kenyans were utilizing the facilities and keeping the industry alive.
He lauded the government for maintaining security in the country.