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Tourism board delighted with UK withdrawal of travel ban

19 June 2015, 16:27 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Kenya Tourism Board KTB is delighted with the United Kingdom's move to withdraw a travel ban effected on the Kenyan coast.

The UK said Thursday that it had relaxed orders to its citizens to avoid travel to certain areas of Kenya's coast over terrorist threats.

The KTB through Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa said it was delighted that the rules had been relaxed to allow travellers enjoy the scenic views of the Coast of the country.

" UK tourists can now enjoy top tourist attractions in the larger coastal area including Watamu, Mtwapa and Galu beaches, said KTB managing director Muriithi Ndegwa.

" We are delighted with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's decision to lift their travel advice for Kenya's coast, from Watamu to Diani," he said in a statement Friday.

"While our operators have continued to send their guests to the southern areas including Diani, Wasini and Msambweni, we look forward to welcoming guests back to Mombasa," he added.

Only 117, 201 visitors from the UK arrived in Kenya in 2014, a significant drop from the previous year, thanks to the travel ban.

" The drop in arrivals compared to 149,699 in 2013 can be attributed largely to the 14-month ban on non-essential travel," he said.

Kenya depends heavily in tourism to fund its budget and sustain its economy and the move by the UK has been received with happiness in most Coastal hotels that had been forced to send workers home due to lack of business.

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