By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Nyali International Beach Hotel & Spar has finally resumed its operations after weeks of renovations.
The Mombasa based five star hotel now hopes to use its revamped facilities and services ranging from Spa to Wellness Center to retain its former glory in Mombasa’s hotel and tourism industry.
The hotel has since been under renovations a head of the high tourists’ season expected soon, according to its General Manager, Lucy Kimani.
The hotel owned by Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani has been renovated at a cost of kshs.100 million.
However, the hotel management will be capitalizing on the newly launched Standard Gauge Railway SGR to increase its business and earnings as many visitors’ particularly local tourists begin to trim in Mombasa using the revamped rail transport system-SGR.
Speaking over the weekend, the hotel’s General Manager welcomed the lSGR launch done recently lby President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying more visitors both local and international are expected to come to Mombasa through rail transport system.
“As Nyali International Beach Hotel, we are happy with the launch of SGR, and we are also optimistic that many tourists will be coming to Mombasa soon through SGR and this is absolutely positive sign of growth particularly in our struggling hotel industry” said Lucy Kimani.
The hotel expects an increase of between 50-80 percent of visitors as a result of the SGR, according to the General Manager.
Meanwhile, the hotel management has denied allegations of any takeover saying the facility was still intact and operational under its current owner, Ali Punjab.
Resident manager Peter Kiarie however confirmed that there have been changes in the hotel’s security services provider following a contractual dispute which has already been settled.
By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Services at Likoni channel are set to improve after Kenya Ferry Services acquires two brand new ferries sometime this year.
The managing director of Kenya ferry services Limited bakar gowa said one ferry will dock at Likoni channel in June while the second one will be delivered in November this year.
The MD said the ferries will help to deal with the large numbers of commuters and motorists that cross over the ferry every day.
He said the current ferries cannot meet the current demand given that large numbers of commuters and motorists cross every time. Bakari said KFS Ltd loses about a half a million every time there is a problem at the channel.
On the issue of security the Managing director advised motorists and commuters using the ferries to be more careful to avoid occurrence of any ugly incidence.
Addressing the press at Likoni channel on Wednesday, the MD who was accompanied by the Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki and the Kenya Maritime Port State Control Officer Mbarak Zaunga reassured ferry users that the facilities were safe as long as they followed instructions from the operators.
The advisory comes barely a day after a stampede was witnessed at the channel when the services were suspended for hours following a problem which was caused by storm water flowing into the sea from drainages and flooded rivers that disturbed the sea making it difficult for the ferries to sail smoothly.
“When the sea is rough the vessels take longer to sail across and motorists and commuters experience delay and become impatient so I advise them to be more tolerant”, he said.
He said the storm water entering the sea from land carried with it debris and all manner of garbage that sometimes entangled propellers causing the ferries to stop.
“This is the reason why two ferries were unable to operate yesterday leaving only two to deal with the commuters and motorists”, he said and apologized for the inconveniences.
He thanked motorists for cooperating with the ferry staff and being extremely patient and appealed to the commuters to emulate the same.
Due the delays commuters became unruly, pushing and shoving each other hence abusing the staff as they rushed to enter the ferries without allowing those inside to disembark.
Gowa said that such behavior was extremely dangerous but the overwhelmed security could only watch and pray that disaster did not happen.
“We understand that delays have a very negative impact on the economy of our country when a lot of man hours are wasted. I understand the pressure under which commuters could be in when they are late for work but we must consider safety first”, Gowa cautioned.
He added that it would take another four days for the sea currents to stabilize completely assuming that the rains subsided and there was no more storm water pouring into it.
Gowa said that the new ferries expected at the end of June would enhance the services and there would be no more delays.