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Nature and Factors Influencing Tourist Harassment at Coastal Beach of Mombasa, Kenya

Author Affiliations

  • 1Moi University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Tour and Travel Management, KENYA
  • 2 University of Eldoret, School of Business and Management Sciences, Department of Tours and Travel Management, KENYA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (11), Pages 17-22, November,14 (2013)


Nature of tourists’ harassment and factors leading to this menace are some of the issues with not only negative but also significant effect on the growth of tourism. This study was therefore set to assess the nature/types of tourists’ harassment and determine the factors leading to this problem along the coastal beach of Mombasa, Kenya. Systematic random sampling technique was used to sample a total 300 foreign tourists from Nyali, Bamburi and Shanzu beaches of Mombasa, 100 respondents per beach. Structured questionnaire was used to collect data on nature of harassment: forms of harassment, most problematic harassers, hot-spots for harassment; and factors leading to harassment: marital status, gender age, and travel experience of tourists. Data collected was subjected to descriptive and inferential tests. The most prevalent type of tourist harassment was pestering to buy goods and services followed by begging and sexual harassment respectively. Curio sellers were identified as the most problematic tourist harassers. Beaches were identified as the frequent hotspot of harassment in Mombasa. Demographic factors of marital status, age, gender and travel experience significantly influenced harassment but they did not vary much in terms of percentages.


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