The multimillion shillings Mama Ngina Waterfront Park in Mombasa County has opened its doors to the public for use during this festive season.
The opening comes at an opportune time as holidaymakers continue to throng the coastal city. Hotels are enjoying full bookings despite the economic crunch being experienced.
Residents of Mombasa and other holidaymakers from the rest of the country are now enjoying the cool sea breeze and relaxed atmosphere at the refurbished Mama Ngina Waterfront Park.
Vendors are optimistic business will thrive this festive season as Kenyans throng the water park to sample what it has to offer.
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At the same time hotels in the North Coast have gone all out to decorate their premises and make guests feel at home away from home.
However, hoteliers have hinted a slight drop in the bookings compared to last year pegging the situation on the hard economic times Kenyans are facing.
But that notwithstanding, they have lined up an array of activities, laid out elaborate menus and luxuriously furnished rooms for guests.
Hoteliers say the domestic market has continued to play a critical role in the numbers of holidaymakers visiting the coastal city during the festive season with the standard gauge railway being their preferred mode of transport.
They are however urging the government to increase the number of wagons and trips to and from Nairobi.
Chartered flights and the introduction of the direct flight from Entebbe to Mombasa have also come in handy this festive season.
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