Tourists urged to give Mombasa a try

29/06/2011 - Kenya property & investment news
Tourists urged to give Mombasa a try

Travellers are being encouraged to visit Mombasa's Old Town as their next holiday destination.Angie Sloan, UK director of the Kenya Tourist Board, said that the Old Town is "definitely worth exploring" as it reflects the city's rich history as a settlement from the 13th century."The Arabic influences on the town and its culture are clearly visible here and its narrow streets are best explored on foot," she advised. "The Old Town is rich in art, antiques and ancient architecture and the historical Fort Jesus is just steps away from where the Old Town begins."And more people could be heading to Kenya as a top holiday destination, benefitting the country's economy and property investors in Mombasa, Kenya's second-biggest city.Figures from the Kenya Tourist Board show that tourism arrivals were at a record high in the first quarter of the year, with January visitors increasing by nearly 40 per cent compared to the same month in 2010.UK travellers alone over the quarter saw a ten per cent year-on-year rise, suggesting this will only increase as the year goes on.