Coast hoteliers ask UK to lift travel bans
12 June 2015, 11:43
Mombasa - Hoteliers at the Coast Region have appealed to British government through British High commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner to lift travel advisories issued against Kenya.
The hoteliers had a two days interaction with the ambassador in Mombasa where they had an opportunity to consult the UK leadership over the imposed ban.
They appealed to the British government to ensure there is a proper communication since the tone his government was using sent a strong signal to tourists against touring Kenya.
The hoteliers led by the Kenya Coast Tourist Association (KCTA) Chairman, Mohammed Hersi noted that the advisories were greatly affecting the tourism sector at the Coast.
Hersi, who is also the CEO Heritage Hotels said: “If the Uk government lifts these advisories, Kenya will be the first country to receive European tourists in large numbers. Last week, we had tourists from Denmark cancelling their bookings at the 11th hour, even conferencing in Nairobi is experiencing some difficulties.”
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According to Turner, British ministers tasked with issuing of advisories are not allowed to take into account the economic impact or political considerations, but make an objective assessment of the security threat.
“It is a threat-based decision, not a border, political judgment. The assessment is shared with Kenyan authorities before the attacks happen,” said Turner.
However, Turner who explained that UK was keen on helping Kenya boost its security apparatus, said the country still sends more visitors to Kenya compared to other regions.
The appeal comes as Kenya struggles with massive corruption infestation, drug and ivory trafficking along the Kenyan Coastline, with Turner calling for collaboration between Kenya and UK government in the fight against these vices.
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