Kandie: March 4 polls affected tourism
12 September 2013, 09:47
Nairobi - Kenya has reported a sharp drop in tourism earnings during the year in a setback government officials attributed to uncertainty emanating from the general elections.
East Africa affairs, Commerce and Tourism Secretary, Phyllis Kandie, said the Euro-zone crisis coinciding with the polls compounded matters.
According to her, earnings dropped by more than 7 percent from the KES 103.9 billion recorded the previous year.
The March 4 polls were held amid an unpredictable environment.
This followed the 2007/08 disputed poll that left hundreds of civilians dead and thousands displaced.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy, William Ruto are among prominent officials facing a trial at the International Criminal Court following the mayhem.
Meanwhile, Kandie expressed worries over the declining number of chartered planes and tourists at the Coastal region, which is the country's main contributor to tourism earnings.
However, she was confidence that the current environment was bringing back tourists in the country.
"Since May, we have been recording an upward trend and this is a signal all is well," she said.
- CAJ News