INTERNATIONAL and domestic tourists have increased over the past one month uplifting hopes of improved business in the second half of the year. This comes after a dismal performance in the first six months when international arrivals dropped by 18.9 percent to 347,458 between January and June, compared to 428,585 in the same period last year.

Hoteliers have recorded improved numbers as the traditional July-December high season enters the eighth week. Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caters said Maasai Mara national reserve has recorded the highest bed occupancy rate at between 80-100 per cent.

This has been attributed to the annual wildebeest migration which takes place between July and October. The reserve’s Narok county sales and marketing manager Palmeris Ntete yesterday confirmed majority of hotels are currently enjoy 100 per cent booking, with more than 500,000 international and domestic visitors expected
for this year’s migration.

“Most are international visitors. Hotels are full this year compared to last year,” Ntete said on phone.

Nairobi which hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit last month is second in high bookings, with increased activities on meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions.

Hotel occupancy have been averaging at between 50-70 per cent occupancy in the last one month. During the GES summit, most hotels were fully booked, according to

The Coast region managed bed occupancy of between 40-50 per cent over the last one month but August holiday bookings have pushed this to between 80-90 per cent.

Speaking to the Star on phone, KAHC Coast branch vice chairman Silas Kiti said the region is gradually recovering from a low of 20-25 per cent occupancy last year. This was as a result of insecurity which prompted key markets including the US, UK to issue travel advisories.