THE Kenya Ports Authority recently launched the construction of a 350m Kenya shillings ($3.4m) cruiseship terminal at the port of Mombasa to grow the country’s tourism revenue.Trademark East Africa — an agency seeking to grow regional trade — is the development partner for the project and will contribute 100m Kenya shillings to the project, according the KPA website.
Mombasa has been seeing an increased number of cruise vessel calls over the last two years. It received 10 vessels with over 6,000 tourists last season and two vessels have already called at the port this season, KPA managing director Catherine Mturi-Wairi said.Tourism currently contributes 10.5% of Kenya’s gross domestic product and is projected to grow at 5% per annum up to the year 2025.
Container throughput increased to 1.08m teu in 2015 from 1.01m teu in 2014. During the first half of 2016, however, throughput edged lower to 527,523 teu from 530,608 teu in the year-ago period.