MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s tourist stakeholders said Wednesday the
country’s ongoing political anxiety has not affected the
international tourist arrivals.
The Kenya Association
of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Coast Executive Sam Ikwaye said
since the beginning of September the coast have record 60
percent international arrivals.
Ikwaye said the domestic and regional tourism are the only
ones which have been affected by the ongoing political scenarios
in the country.
He said they domestic tourism during the August school
holidays was very affected by the presidential elections to be
held next month. Many Kenyans opted not to travel for leisure.
Ikwaye said they domestic tourism during the August school
holidays was affected by the elections.
Many Kenyans opted not to travel for leisure for fear of
Ikwaye said August saw very few international arrivals
because guests were skeptical of the outcome of the polls due to
the fact that Kenyan election is largely associated with
"There are those guests who had booked their trips to Kenya
"These trips cannot be cancelled just because the Supreme
Court had ordered for repeat polls," said Ikwaye.
He said the international booking can only be cancelled if
the country is in turmoil, leading to issuance of travel
August to December is always considered a high season in the
However, there have been reports that the ongoing political
tension in Kenya might have affected all sectors of economy,
among them tourism.
Ikwaye however said this election year they have done well
compared to other previous years.
"Kenya is currently very stable.
"However, we are cautioning politicians to torn down their
rhetoric, which might lead to political violence," said Ikwaye.
"We are now banking on the coming December holidays.
"But if the current political scenarios becomes worse, then
we are going to loose big time," he said.
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Oct. 17 after Supreme Court nullified the victory of President
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