Tourism actors accuse Britain of being on Kenya’s Covid red list

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Tourism actors accuse Britain of being on Kenya’s Covid red list


Tourism Minister Najib Balala with his Jamaican counterpart Edmund Bartlett (R) at the Tourism Recovery Summit on July 16, 2021 at Villa Rosa Kempinski. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Summary

  • Tourism industry actors, led by Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, have lamented the impact of Covid-19 travel restrictions by overseas that are hindering international travel in Kenya.
  • The latest data from the Tourism Research Institute (TRI) shows that Kenya received 305,635 international visitors between January and June this year.

Tourism industry actors, led by Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, have lamented the impact of Covid-19 travel restrictions by overseas that are hindering international travel in Kenya.

Mr Balala said it was unfortunate that some foreign countries were discriminating against Africa on travel restrictions.

“These restrictions are inappropriate. Previously, Africa and Kenya in particular suffered from perceived insecurity. There have already been travel warnings against our countries, ”he said.

During a webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on travel restrictions on the Royal African Society’s African economy on July 15, Mr Balala commended African nations for dealing effectively with the pandemic.

“Compared to many other African countries in the world, Africa and Kenya in particular held up well. Take a look at our Covid-19 statistics, we have fewer deaths, ”he noted.

The CS called for regional cooperation, coordination and cooperation in order to promote local and regional tourism in East Africa.

Hotelier Mohamed Hersi also reprimanded foreign states for imposing travel restrictions.

“We have not yet received any noteworthy arrivals from the USA and North America due to all the conditions imposed on us. We are making progress, but we are losing to British tourists because of the British government’s red list.” “Said Mr. Hersi.

The latest data from the Tourism Research Institute (TRI) shows that Kenya received 305,635 international visitors between January and June this year.

Of the 305,635 international tourists, 96,003 were women and 209,632 were men.

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