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The tourism industry grows as 400 hotel workers are vaccinated – KBC

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At least 400 people working in the tourism industry in Mombasa County have received the first AstraZeneca vaccine test.

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The vaccination exercise conducted on Tuesday targeted 3,000 front-line workers in the tourism and hospitality sector as part of plans by the government to help revive the hit COVID-19 industry.

Hotel owners who showed up at Makadara Stadium in Mombasa included hotel keepers, tour operators, bars and restaurant owners who lined up to get the first jab of AstraZeneca coverage.

Stakeholders have welcomed the move, saying it will protect workers who communicate with thousands of local and international tourists flocking to the county.

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The Mombasa County Government says, in addition to facilitating the vaccination exercise, it has reduced license fees by more than 50% in the past one year.

Tourism Department Chief Asha Abdullahi says the county is stepping up its marketing campaigns through the city’s innovative programs to attract more tourists to the county via direct flights.

Players in the industry have also been challenged to differentiate their products and services in order to stay on top.

Mombasa County is expecting more visitors following a halt to the movement in five counties including the capital Nairobi, as Standard Gauge Railway Airlines and passenger services become operational.

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