25-06-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
Many hotels on the coast are ready to reopen their activities, in view of the Kenyan holidays that this year, thanks to the closure of schools, for many families could start earlier.
Obviously we are talking about the Kenyan middle and high class, whose numbers have grown in recent years and especially in this period can be a relief for the economy of the hospitality sector.
The Hemingways group has announced the reopening of the Watamu facility and other resorts in Malindi and Watamu are also adapting.
"We are ready to reopen - confirms Roberto Lenzi, owner of 7Island Resort and Crystal Bay, as well as the exclusive Paparemo beach - we are looking forward to President Kenyatta's announcement that he will reactivate local flights and reopen the counties, and we will be ready to welcome tourists from Nairobi, Mombasa and other Kenyan cities, waiting for the unblocking of the international airports situation, for which perhaps a bit longer time is expected".
But how can hotels reopen if there is still a ban on going to the beach?
For this reason several associations of Beach Operators on the coast have officially requested the lifting of the decree that makes beaches inaccessible (although not everyone respects it, especially in the first hours after dawn and just before sunset, when there is less control by KWS and law enforcement agencies ...).
In Diani, the association of 300 beach operators officially complained to the national media.
"We want Uhuru Kenyatta to review some of the restrictions and see if the activities can be brought back to life on the beaches because we can't beg for food every day - explained their representative Adan Jirman - the aid we receive is not enough and the food relief program won't last forever. In our opinion, the government will be able to control the spread of the coronavirus without affecting tourism.
In the aftermath of the statements of Malindi and Watamu Roger Jones, head of the agency hired by the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism to revive the industry, Italians entrepreneurs the County of Kilifi have contacted us, they wrote in private...
"I have decided to close Paparemo Beach because of my sense of responsibility and respect for this ...