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Kenya’s tourism set torecieve $ 2.4M boost

The Tourism sector has in the recent past suffered as a result of the travel advisories issued  by tourist source countries. The advisories come in the wake of violent attacks by Islamist militias.

In response to this, the government came up with a Tourism Recovery Strategy committee  to help the sector recover.

SafariThe committee is comprised of  various professionals who will suggest strategies to move the sector  forward.Through the committee the sector is set to receive $2.4m boost from the government to help in its  recovery.

 

Ms. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism released the performance results for 2013 tourism sector that show a significant drop in the country’s largest income earner.

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Total international arrivals for the year by air and sea dropped by 11.7 per cent to close at 1.09 million down from 1.23 million recorded in 2012 while Jomo Kenyatta International Airport arrivals dropped by 14 per cent to 900,000 from 1.047 million recorded in 2012.

Kenya Tourism Board Losing Touch with the sector

The KTB has stated that the sector has dropped by 4% from the 381,000 within the first months of this year and it attributes this to the violence carried out by Islamist militias.  Independent research by tourism operators indicates that the tourism circuit sector dropped by up to 50% while inland trips to parks and other destinations have dropped by 20%.

 

Kenya now has 12 EcoTourism Gold rated camps

Kenya is championing Ecotourism

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome

ECOTOURISM KENYA CERTIFIES FOUR MORE PROPERTIES WITH ‘GOLD LABELSTATUS

(Posted 29th July 2014)
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EcoTourism Kenya has just announced that four more of Kenya’s finest camps have passed the audit marks for the coveted ‘Gold Status’ making it 12 overall across the country’s national parks and game reserves. This attests to the quality of operational standards as well as for the strict application of a range of environmental mitigation measures to ensure the lowest possible impact on the surrounding areas and the use of state of the art technologies to reduce their carbon footprint.

Gamewatcher Safaris was awarded ‘Gold Status for the Amboseli Porini Camp, Cottars 1920 Mara Camp too attained the pass marks as did Kicheche Mara Camp and the Sanctuary Olanana.

Additionally do 55 camps and lodges hold EcoTourism’s ‘Silver Status’ and a further 32 properties now hold ‘

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Medical Tourism- a neccesity in Kenya??????

There is story in the Nairobi Star of  Hoteliers in Kenya’s Coast reporting a rise cases in cancer cases among the poor and calls for the further development of  Medical tourism.

“I think this is a good idea that would not only benefit the sick but as a way of developing the country’s tourism sector . Lets take a look at medical tourism around the globe and what we could learn from…”

Health tourism

What is health tourism about and where can you get it?

Medical tourism involves one traveling to a foreign country in search of medical services e.g specialized surgeries, transplants etc. Medical tourism/ health tourism also refers to the travels done by a doctor when providing medical services e.g when a doctor from a foreign country comes to treat a specific patient. A lot of countries in the word have embraced this type of tourism and in fact there are medical tourism destinations that are globally recognized for their outstanding services.

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Lets take a look at some of the best.

Australia

Australia is a destination for affordable cardio, neurological and orthopedic surgeries.

China

China has emerged as a leader in medical tourism  especially in stem cell and genetic research.

Malaysia

Malaysia is known for its specialized Eye care center and is a medical tourism hub that boasts of being the most visited medical tourism destination by UK patients, attracting 8.5% of all UK medical tourists.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is widely known for its advancements in dental and cosmetic procedures.  It is one of the best in the Americas.

India

Known for its low prices on medical procedures i.e liver,heart etc transplants. Critics claiming  that Indian medical practitioners are using stolen body parts.

Israel

Israel is not only known for its world-famous therapeutic resort in the Dead Sea but for a variety of medical procedures like organ transplants, eye surgery etc.

Japan

Japan is emerging as a leader in the treatment of cancer globally.

Korea

Korea, according to Planet Hospital, is known for its treatments. South Korea has earned a reputation for spinal surgeries, cancer screening, treatments, orthopedic work and cosmetic surgeries.

Mexico

Mexico is  known for convenient and affordable  dental procedures and surgeries like hip replacements.

Singapore

Singapore is known for its world-class medical facilities that offer cardiovascular treatments etc.  In 1997 (published 2000), the World Health Organization ranked Singapore’s health care system sixth best in the world and the highest ranked system in Asia.

Thailand

Treatments for medical tourists in Thailand range from cosmetic, organ transplants, cardiac, and orthopaedic treatments to dental and cardiac surgeries. Treatments also include spa, physical and mental therapies. Thailand also offers the controversial sex change surgery.

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