11-03-2020 by redazione
After the lock of our entire nation, signs of great solidarity with the Italian people have arrived from the Kenyan institutions and its tourism sector.
In a report presented yesterday, the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya noted how the two countries have been linked for many years by a very strong communication relationship based on hospitality and hospitality.
"Both countries have tourism as an important source of their Gross Domestic Product - explains the report - for Kenya it is 10% and for Italy 8.5%.
In the past years we had up to 65,000 Italian travellers in one season".
Not accepting tourists arriving from a friendly country was a difficult decision, a very hard decision, which perhaps took longer than necessary.
But now the regret for the conditions of suffering and immobility of so many Italians prevails. Time to evaluate the economic disaster that all that will create there will be, hopefully as soon as possible and with the least possible damage.
In the meantime Kenya, day after day, is preparing for its possible emergency and the best system for a country that cannot be at the level of Europe in terms of services and health care is to close the borders as much as possible. In Nairobi international conferences have been cancelled, putting in ambassadors hotels and induced that counted only this week on the arrival of over 4000 people, including delegates from all over the world and professionals.
On the coast, one thinks of the many Italians who had to cancel their holidays and those who are used to coming at this time of the year and are instead in isolation in their country.
"We are really sorry for the many Italians who are sick and for those who cannot move, who assist their relatives or live in areas of contagion - says Maureen Awuor, Head in Kilifi County of the Kanya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers - it is not so much the damage to our tourism that we are thinking about right now, but to be able to receive good news about the decline in the epidemic, so that we can embrace Italian tourists again for next summer.
Kate Mwikali, Regional President of the Kenya Association of Women in Tourism and Chairperson oF the Progressive Welfare Association of Malindi, also expresses her solidarity with the Italian people. "It is difficult to accept a situation like this and we hope that a friendly country like Italy will come out of it as soon as possible - says Mwikali - and at the same time we are in contact with all the Italian citizens who are still staying on the coast of Kenya and cannot return to their country for reasons of force majeure or prefer to wait for the situation to normalize. We will do everything we can to assist and help them. They must feel at home, because for many this is their home on a par with Italy".
Meanwhile in Nairobi the Bishops of SECAM (Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) also met and after exhorting the faithful "to follow meticulously the instructions given by the civil and ecclesiastical authorities regarding the virus" they expressed their solidarity and closeness to all those affected by this serious and contagious epidemic.
"We pray that effective and economical treatment can soon be found to deal with it. In the meantime, we strongly recommend to our people to adopt the highest level of preventive measures to curb the spread of this disease," wrote the Bishops of the Standing Committee of the Standing Committee at the end of their meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya, March 4-7, 2020, in a statement expressing their concern about the spread of the Coronavirus in Africa and the rest of the world.
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