Extension of Charter Incentive Programme Already Paying Off
Just days after the government extended the Charter Incentive Programme (CIP) to 2020, the Coastal counties have registered an increase in the number of the charter flights with the latest to come in being a Tui Fly Netherlands originating from Amsterdam.
Tourism CS Najib Balala, accompanied by other officials, were in Mombasa yesterday to receive a Dreamliner Boeing 787- 8 aircraft that had flown 120 tourists for a holiday to the Kenyan Coast.
Before this arrival, another Tui Fly operated from Brussels started weekly flights into Mombasa just weeks ago. It was followed almost immediately by Lot Airlines of Poland which is also managed by Tui Fly.
CS Balala further broke the news of another Tui Fly airline, operated from the UK, that will make a comeback to the Coast in November 2019 thus exhausting the European market.
” So far the Kenyan South Coast has been the biggest beneficiary from the international arrivals,” Balala said.
The CS reiterated the government’s commitment to improve security and build infrastructure to revitalize tourism all over the country. He also commended the coastal county governments for investing in measures that attract visitors.
” We have seen both Mombasa and other counties take the lead in cleaning up their towns and beautifying the destinations thus making them appealing and attractive to all,” Balala said.
According to statistics, the government has earned Sh3.7 billion in revenue from the ambitious CIP since it was introduced in 2016. However, CS Balala mentioned that this was likely to improve with international tourist arrivals poised to hit the 1.7 million mark by the end year from the 1.475 million it recorded in 2017.
The government last week extended the CIP package which had ended in June this year to attract more international flights. The CIP package offers waivered landing fees for two and half years and also subsidized passenger seats by $30 per seat filled by international passengers.
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