President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday, 12 January 2016, officially open the English Point Marina, an iconic landmark in the coastal city of Mombasa with a modern design and contemporary feel.
Sitting on the 4- acre ocean view, the multi-million-dollar marina resort features a 26-room hotel, conferencing facility, a roof-top restaurant, a casino, swimming pool, 96 serviced apartments – including 8 penthouses – seafront restaurant, gym and spa, as well as a boardwalk with retail outlets, water-sports center and fully-serviced 88-berth marina.
This innovation is set to attract high-end ocean travelers (local or international tourists) who want value for money. English Point Marina will put Kenya on the map of the luxury yacht market and the investment is set to open up Kenya to high-end international visitors.
Kenya’s coastal tourism sector has continued to see a rise in numbers as six cruise ships arrived in Mombasa with more than 3,000 tourists and crew during the December holidays.
The launch of English Point Marina comes is after the Tourism Cabinet Secretary (CS) Najib Balala announced incentives for international tourists visiting Kenya’s coastal region. In a bid to attract tourist to Mombasa and Malindi, Mr Balala announced the incentives that will allow all chartered planes with passengers terminating at Malindi Airport and Moi International Airport, Mombasa, to be exempted from landing fees for 30 months beginning 1st January 2016.
In his argument, the CS noted that the improving security in the country plays a major role in reviving the industry that has been falling for the past years.
“It is time for tourist charter planes to resume flights into Kenya,” he said during the announcement of the incentives late last year.
On December 9, Seven Seas Voyager arrived at the port with 600 tourists making it the third cruise ship to dock in less than one month. The good fortune is set to continue well during the year, according to the shipping schedule prepared by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
Mombasa and the coastal region is also expected to improve in trade as well as to attract more investors in future.
Last week, the President launched the construction of a road, which will be a link between Mombasa port and Moi International Airport.
This new development is set to open up Mombasa, the nation’s second largest city after Nairobi, to more development opportunities including investment and trade. Moreover, it will decongest the city.
“When the number of visitors to this city grows, more job opportunities will be created and the youth will benefit,” said the President during the launch of the road project.
The president also noted that the Port Reitz/Moi International access road will not only increase investment and trade opportunities in the East and Central Africa region but also facilitate the growth of tourism.
On his part, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho noted that the project is among key development projects aimed at making Mombasa a first class city.
“This road will open Mombasa for investment and tourism,” reiterated the Governor.
To open the English Point Marina President Kenyatta will be accompanied by Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, as well as a host of other Cabinet Secretaries and senior government officials.