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Season starts in Malindi and Watamu, but tourists?

Elections keeps away some, only repeaters come

11-07-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

It is a waiting season and as all expectations, it is likely to give birth to those who in Africa have found the ideal place to match total relaxation.
The national elections, scheduled for August 8, have brought to mind tourists the chaos in the country of 2008, malindi and Watamu, despite Malindi and Watamu being quieter, in fact blocked tourism throughout Kenya and hence Also on the coast.
Fears that something is happening again is transformed for Italian travel agencies in advice to avoid Kenya at least during this time.
Yet the desire for Africa, sea and savannah is high among our compatriots, and it shows clicks on reservations and information about Kenya. Some tour operators even "play dirty" by inventing that the Farnesina would have strongly disliked holidays in the country.
In fact, the website "safe travel" has for months been the same, and the Foreign Ministry, as well as the Embassy, ​​are aware of the efforts made by the Kenyan government.
These days, however, Malindi and Watamu are returning to repopulate after the "empty" season of the rainy season.
For a week now, every day come home, returning from vacation, and so-called "repeaters", which can not do without Kenya a year. Companions who own homes or rent for long periods of two weeks of classic holiday.
They are plain tourists to which we are accustomed and create that base that allows Malindi's economy to move forward, integrating with local activities, employing local labor, helping with good works and of course utilizing services on the kenian coast, Restaurants and bars or being first-rate owners and managers. The wait is also theirs, and the closest check is that of August, a month that famously attracts the Italians towards Kenya, more for the concomitance with the holiday on the Peninsula, than for good weather on the coast.
It is known that this is a season of transition towards the beautiful heat, there is always a pleasant breeze, sometimes even insistent, and the temperature does not exceed 26 degrees. But perhaps, seeing the summer season in Italy, with a warm end to bearability, this year Malindi and Watamu could attract just for those who want a more pleasant climate. But another year's difference, probably this year, will be a delayed start, with many Africa lovers still in stand-by, and a big difference from other years, from hotel bookings to many Watamu resorts (about 30 % Of employment, from Europe). Others who have already picked the weeks after August.
As far as the "last minute" travelers are concerned, it remains to be seen how voter-related issues and the threat of rioting after the announcement of the findings will still keep tourists away, even if the United States, Great Britain and Germany return to Defining Kenya as a safe country.
It also plays the economic crisis, which is for now the reservations for August are still too few.
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