03-01-2020 by redazione
After the tourist's rush between Christmas and New Year and the last few barrels until next weekend, reservations for Malindi and Watamu do not subside. Many are the scheduled arrivals, especially after January 10th when the prices of flights (almost all of them already booked for months) drop considerably. It is not only the resorts and other hospitality facilities that are smiling, but also the private houses, which in Malindi are rented at 70% in the period from January 15th to February 15th and beyond. Satisfaction from the regional manager of the KAHC hotelier association, Maureen Awuor. "We have worked well with marketing to get local and international tourists to choose our destinations," says Awuor, "and now we are reaping the benefits. We are confident that we have a good season until Easter".
With the beginning of December down, compared to the same period last year, the last week in Malindi has set an absolute record for the last decade, with full restaurants (and there are at least four new and trendy ones, compared to 2018) and even the first one in January should confirm this positive trend.
Watamu has also had its peak attendance in recent days but continues to be frequented by an international clientele and many young people, building year after year the reputation of the highlight destination for tourism on the coast of Kenya.
"We are really coming to raise Watamu to the level of the many world places that make fun and tourist offer their main attraction - says Roberto Lenzi, entrepreneur and owner of Papa Remo Beach among others - we had the response we wanted, creating a place frequented by a harmonious mix of Kenyan and international tourists, where Italians are no longer in the majority but mix pleasantly with British, Indian and other foreigners. Here since the morning is always a party, we eat at any time and in the afternoon the deejay sets start to greet the sun and introduce us in the nightlife. An offer that attracts destinations like Formentera and Ibiza in Europe but also Cape Town in South Africa".
With the difference that in winter, on the Kenyan coast, you can stay warm and dive pleasantly in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. This is the march in more than one Watamu that is going to become one of the main tourist destinations not only in Kenya.
"The internationalization of a destination that has Italian imprinting is becoming an added value - adds Lenzi - because it allows us to present the excellence of our country to tourists of other nationalities: our gastronomy and our wines, highly appreciated by Kenyans, Europeans and Americans, but also the service and organization, which remain our hallmark. And the evenings on the beach of Papa Remo in the high season confirm it".
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