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Curio sellers: Enhance security to boost tourism

23 January 2013, 11:13 Alloys Musyoka

Curio sellers in Malindi have urged the government through its security agencies to ensure that there is security before, during and after general election in order to avoid scaring away tourists.

The business people who mainly deal with tourists products said cases of insecurity in Kenya can damage the entire tourism sector.

Addressing the media , Malindi tourist Market Chairman Joshua Musili said about 80 per cent of locals in Malindi and its environs depend mostly on tourism.

"Many of us depend on tourism and that is why we ask the government to ensure there is security," he noted.

He said some of the things that may scare away tourists from visiting the country is demonstrations after or before elections which sometimes causes destruction of properties.

"Demonstrations will automatically send a negative message to tourists outside there and especially this time when we are preparing to go for the general election," he added.

He said tourism business has gone down currently because many tourists have gone back home.

"Some of us have closed down our businesses. In December last year we at least made some sales but now we sometimes end up not selling even a single curio," he said.

Musili also said the government should intervene and ensure that all curios and tourist products are concentrated in one market.

"Another problem we are facing is that of hostels and villas which tourists come to stay proving 'all under one roof' services hence denying us chance to sell our products. Many of the tourists just come to our shops to see and not to buy because the products are already in hotels," he lamented.

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