KENYA TOURIST BOARD STATEMENT (19/05/14)
In light of the recent travel advice issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice. The Kenya Tourism Board would like to confirm the following to the South African tourism industry and consumers. While there have not been any incidents in Mombasa and Nairobi that have affected any tourists. Security in all tourism establishments remains high. Kenya?s coast is safe for tourists and business activities are operational despite evacuation of British tourists. Several travel agents continue to sell the Coast despite the evacuations by TUI of UK.
- Tour Operators are still continue to sell safari circuits in Kenya and the coastal resorts of Diani, Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi and Lamu.
- Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and all safari circuits throughout Kenya continue to operate as normal and Kenya Airways and SAA and other scheduled carriers continue to operate their usual flight schedules to Kenya.
- Kenya had always been a leading destination for safaris and we expect to continue with customers on safari in Kenya 59 national parks which are unaffected. Current insecurity incidences are global and not confined to Kenya. Regardless of which part of the world one travels, it is important to be prudent.
- Nigel Vere Nicoll, CEO, The African Travel and Tourism Association said, "There is no doubt this is going to affect tourism. It is incredibly important that tour operators and consumers are aware that the majority of the Kenya Coast, as well as all international airports and safari circuits. Continue to operate as normal."
The Kenya Tourism Board would like to clarify that the following areas of the Kenya coast are not affected and continue to operate as normal:
North of Mombasa to Lamu:
- Che Shale
South of Mombasa and Tiwi:
- Diani Beach
- Galu Beach
- Funzi Island
- Wasini Island