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.
The 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.
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.
Earlier this year i got the opportunity to visit Kenya’s South Coast and honestly we have some of the best beaches you will see anywhere.
” Yes I know I come from Nairobi City where of course there are no beaches and anything that resembles the Ocean and beach automatically becomes breathtaking. This place is beautiful”
Kenya’s beach safari has a lot to offer to the tourist looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.
” I remember throughout my month-long visit in the coast I visited the beach daily.”
Most of the tourists visiting Kenya from abroad are pensioner looking for to have the trip of a lifetime in their sunset years. On my daily visits to the beach I would see these old visitors ogling and being overly polite and I just assumed they were having a good time.
I began noticing these young men with monstrous physiques and dreadlocks walking next to very old women. Young girls were also doing the same with very old men. The locals told me that these girls and boys offer sex for pay to this pensioners. The saddest part is that this has led to the rise of pedophilia. There have been cases where locals have been caught offering kids to tourists in exchange for money. In the coast province young boys d drop out of school because of the lure of the beach. A lot of them do not even complete basic primary education.
” What are doing to our kids?
“Are we supposed to blame it on poverty, social decay…?”
During low season (March August) when the tourists go back home the young men and women have no source of income, so they turn to prostitution and crime. I think Kenyans as a whole should think very carefully about the negative impacts of tourism.
“The future of our children should be protected at any cost.”