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International tourists shun Kenya due to terrorism

01 April 2014, 14:08 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Terror attacks in the country have hurt tourism, the government has admitted.

There has been a spate of terror related activities in the country in the last one year, with hundreds of people dead and many more injured due to terrorism.

The Westgate mall attack was the most damaging, with 67 people dead and hundreds injured in the attack which was  broadcast all over the world.

And according to tourism cabinet secretary Phyllis Kandie, the spate of terror has well and truly hurt the sector.

" Terrorism has hurt tourism in a bad way, she said Tuesday at Harambee House in Nairobi during briefs by cabinet secretaries.

The number of tourist arrivals from western countries has dropped by 7% sh said, saying that there is need to address the current issues affecting security to help the sector grow.

" International arrivals have dropped significantly and that is a major worry for the country. The Westgate attack especially did not help, she added.

She did however say that the government is making in-roads on local tourism.

" Local tourism has improved and we as an industry are looking to ensure that it stays that way and that we encourage more and more people to visit within, she added.

There have been several attacks at the coast that have led to a number of western countries issuing travel advisories.

Australia has recently issued a travel advisory to its citizens, urging them to avoid Nairobi and Mombasa whilst others like the United States and the United Kingdom have had advisories to its citizens regularly over the past year.

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