29-09-2017 by redazione
Kenya's Minister of Tourism Najib Balala comes out on the open, on the eve of the most important trade fair in his country and denounces the decline in international arrivals in the country and the occupation of hotel facilities by clients, including local ones.
"Elections with their own trawling are beginning to damage our Tourism - said Balala last Wednesday at a conference - the situation that in the first six months of the year was flattering and predicted very good numbers and signs of recovery for 2017, has now plummeted".
For Balala, the blame lies above all with this climate of expectation and political instability, due to the cancellation of the presidential votes.
If it was up to me,"added the Minister of Tourism," I would hold the new elections not in five years' time, but in ten years' time. Just see Diani, who has halved his attendance, or Mombasa and Malindi, who are all too quiet, to understand that the sector is in difficulty again".
The events planned will try to revive it, but certainly this October will not go down in Kenya's history to be a month of great arrivals of tourists. More than anything else, it is to be hoped that no cancellations will arrive from those who have already planned to spend part of the winter holidays in Kenya.
The same opinion is also expressed by Jonah Orumoi, managing director of the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC) who has noticed how tourism industry's supply chain is declining and things may not improve next year if the current political deadlock is not resolved.
"Kenyan tourism is quite resilient - said Orumoi - aa the impact caused by tension could be irrecoverable in the near future if the situation is not resolved in time".
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