Europeans ease Kenya warnings
Monday, March 03, 2008
THE easing of travel advisories to Kenya by the U.S., U.K. and key
European should be reflected by Australia during the next week,
according to chairman Charles Bench at Australia’s leading African
safari operator Bench International.
In a joint statement with a Kenya Tourism Federation
representative currently in Sydney, Mr Bench said that these
changes had re-charged consumer interest in traveling to Kenya and
its east African neighbour Tanzania.
The Coast Province representative of the Federation, Mr Mike
Kirkland said that the European moves were confirmation that
tourists to Kenya were isolated from the political conflicts of
the past month.
Germany, Italy, Austria, Finland, France, Switzerland and Spain
have all recently eased travel advisories relating to Kenya.
Whilst in Australia Mr Kirkland will be holding discussions with
local industry bodies with a view to having them approach DFAT for
a softening of its stance on travel to Kenya.
Mr. Kirkland, a 37-year veteran of the Kenyan tourism industry,
said that even the people involved in disturbances were aware of
Kenya’s reliance on tourism as a huge foreign exchange earner and
provider of jobs for local people.
Consequently, they restricted activities to non-tourist areas.
He added, “Tourism accounts for 15 percent of GDP in Kenya and is
a bigger foreign earner than tea, coffee or horticulture so the
security of visitors is appreciated, even by those involved in
“Unrest has been restricted to non-tourist areas and a vigilant
and efficient Tourist Police operation ensures visitors are
unaffected in beach resort and wildlife reserve areas”, he said.