Kenya’s tourism industry got a further boost on Monday when a French plane arrived in the country for the first time with 266 tourists.
The XL Airways plane at first landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi in the morning, where 118 tourists alighted. It then proceeded to Moi International Airport in Mombasa with 148 visitors.
Last week, some airlines from Belgium and Holland also landed in Mombasa for the first time with more than 500 tourists.
According to Kenya Aerotech Limited station manager Mureithi Riitho, the entry of XL Airways raises to two the number of charter flights from France.
Corsair was the other French airline offering charter flights to Mombasa once per week.
Mr Riitho attributed the increase in the number of charter flights from France to vigorous marketing campaigns by the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) in the European country.
“The number of charter flights from France has increased from one to two following the entry of XL Airways into the Kenyan airspace,” said Mr Riitho.
On the rise
“KTB marketing efforts in France are bearing fruits as more French tourists are visiting our country for holidays,” he added.
Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Coast branch chairman Titus Kangangi said hotel bookings were on the rise.