Call to reconsider travel advisory against Kenya
24 September 2013, 13:42
Nairobi - Stakeholders in the local tourism industry have called on the foreign nations that have issued travel advisories to their citizens over insecurity issues to reconsider the move.
The call comes amid fears of the cancellation of a key event, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference, scheduled to kick off this week.
While there have been fears some officials were considering pulling out of the event, organisers said the conference would go ahead.
Safety concerns have been raised following the terrorists attack on the Westgate mall over the weekend that left 62 people dead and scores of others badly injured.
Some countries, most prominently the United States, have issued travel warnings to citizens intending to visit the country in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in the upmarket mall in Westlands.
However, the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, had also earlier made an appeal to the countries that had issued travel advisory to their citizens over security concerns to withdraw the advisories because it causes adverse impacts on the economy.
"The Kenyan Coast is safe, the parks are safe. We therefore urge the countries to withdraw the travel advisories issued and join us in fighting terrorism as it is an international problem that can affect any country," said Sam Ikwae, a spokesperson of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers.
The tourism sector contributes immensely to the local economy.
- CAJ News