By Ian Mutiso

Cabinet Secretary for tourism, wildlife, and heritage Peninah Malonza received the ‘World Odyssey’ cruise ship at the Mombasa port on Monday.

The 800 tourists on board docked for a five-day stay on the island.

Speaking to the press, CS Malonza noted that the arrival of a cruise ship after a four-year absence of such vessels is promising for the region’s struggling tourism industry.

She said that the ministry has plans to promote the nation’s tourist industry and has collaborated with the ministry of transportation to create additional airports for easy accessibility across the country.

She added: “We shall expand our marketing efforts both nationally and internationally to lure in more cruise ships, and we shall begin leading tours to showcase the hidden beauties in our towns and cities.”

According to the CS, tourism in the nation has improved as multiple hotels in and around Mombasa are fully booked for the holiday season.

John Mwangemi, the acting Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said the new passenger terminal is well-equipped, secure and prepared to receive more cruise ships.

He urged the ministry to enhance branding and marketing efforts to make Mombasa a new tourist destination.