By Tobby Otum
Despite the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic the tourism industry received a second major boost when tourists from Ukraine landed in Mombasa county.
The 180 tourists landed at Mombasa’s Moi international airport on board a Bees Boeing 737 at 8.15am to a rousing reception after eight hours of flight with an hour’s stop in Egypt.
Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi led county officials to receive the tourists before they were entertained by Likoni Goma dancers.
Addressing journalists Kingi said this was the second arrival of tourists after the first arrival hardly two weeks ago.
He told journalists the arrival of the tourists in the county follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two cities/
“The arrival of the tourists the fruits being reaped as a result of the signing of the MoU between the two cities,” he pointed out.
The county Deputy Governor said after every 10 days the region will be receiving tourists through the two cities’ program aimed at enhancing the county’s economy.
Kingi said towards festive season of December the tourists flights are expected to increase to three times a week.
He acknowledge the pandemic has been a challenge with the tourism industry being hard hit along with the country’s economy trying to recover.
“The county government has put adequate measures to manage the spread of the virus despite the third wave,” he pointed out.