Plans to have a cruise ship on the Indian Ocean have gone a notch higher with tourism ministry saying talks have been held with a number of operators.
Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said after engaging with cruise operators at a convention in Miami, plans for a cruise ship on the Indian Ocean are on course. “We have been engaging with the cruise liners,” the CS said. “We are working on a modality to have a cruise operator to be home-based to do the Indian Ocean circuit but it takes long term planning.” Mr Balala said the Kenya Tourism Board will have a department to market and concentrate on cruise ship product.“This is a new product that we need to diversify in the market. The government’s commitment is to establish cruise ship terminal,” the CS said on Saturday at Vipingo Ridge. (…)