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Govt assures tourists of security despite terror attacks

03 December 2014, 08:11

Nairobi - Kenya's tourism recovery team on Tuesday assured tourists of increased security despite surge in terror attacks in the northern region which has resulted in over 60 deaths in the past two weeks.

The Tourism Recovery Taskforce chairperson Lucy Karume said her team will not tire in efforts of reviving the tourism sector and helping in marketing Kenya as the best tourist destination despite insecurity incidents.

"We would like to reassure our international tourists that Kenya is safe to visit and the security organs are working round clock to secure areas visited by tourists and tourist facilities," Karume said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

She said the recovery team is working with all stakeholders in the tourism industry to develop strategies that will see Kenya's tourism continue to thrive.

The East African nation's coastal towns are the backbone of the country's thriving tourism industry, which has been hit by the fear of terror attacks and the kidnapping of foreigners by Somali pirates from resorts near the border with Somalia.

Also read: Two sisters killed in Mandera attack buried in Kieni

Kenya's tourism has suffered a decline in the number of tourists arriving since September 2011 when the Somali militant group, the Al-Shabaab, carried out the kidnappings of tourists in the Lamu archipelago and the kidnapping of the Spanish volunteers.

Karume said the team was appalled by the brazen attack and killing of 36 innocent Kenyans in the County of Mandera by armed militants.

"We condemn the perpetuation of this barbaric act and are confident that the Kenyan security forces will deal decisively with the attackers," she said.

The port city, the capital Nairobi and other parts of Kenya have suffered a series of grenade attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia 2011 to try to pursue Al-Shabaab insurgents it blames for a surge in violence and kidnappings threatening tourism.

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