Tourism in the Coast received a major boost yesterday after one of the major tour operators in the world TUI resumed charter flights to Mombasa.
Yesterday TUI flew in 120 tourists from Netherlands who will spend their time in Kenya for the next two weeks in various hotels. The company will from now on be flying into Mombasa twice a week, bringing with it about 360 visitors to the coast every week.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala who has been lobbying TUI to promote Kenya as the favourite tourist destination for years now was at hand at the Moi International Airport to receive the flights and its occupants.
He said 15 charter flights fly tourists into Mombasa weekly.
TUI is a German travel and tourism company and it is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world. It owns airlines, travel agencies, hotels, cruise ships and retail stores.
The group owns six European airlines – the largest holiday fleet in Europe – and nine tour operators based in Europe.
Its arrival comes barely days after the launch of TUI Belgium charter flights and Poland’s LOT which landed with 315 and 250 visitors respectively.