Yesterday’s news that the UK Government was no longer advising against travelling to Lamu Island and Manda Island has been welcomed by a tourism stakeholder who covers the area.
Speaking to Brits in Kenya about the lifting of the UK’s travel advisory to the islands, British expat Andrew McGhie from Lamu Island Property said: “We’re really pleased that the FCO has at long last lifted the travel advisories to Lamu and Manda islands – let’s hope other governments follow Britain’s lead as quickly as possible.
“A sensible distinction has been made between the islands which have always been safe, peaceful and welcoming – and Lamu County which is a large and completely separate mainland area stretching all the way up to Kenya’s border with Somalia.
“We have two websites with holiday homes in the Lamu archipelago – East African Retreats and Lamu Island Property. Times have been really tough for tourism in Lamu for the last few years, and we now look forward to welcoming back more and more British visitors including people from the High Commission, British NGOs and the British Armed Forces who have been missing out on all the many pleasures of Lamu for far too long.”
In March last year, Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala and Lamu County Governor Issa Timammy led tourism stakeholders including the UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey in lobbying for the lifting of travel advisories during a tourism sector meeting held in Lamu.
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Speaking about the security situation in the area during the visit, Lamu county governor Issa Timammy said: “Our focus for now in Manda and Lamu Island before other areas.”
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The hope for tourism in the region will be this positive move will lead to more areas in Lamu being deemed safe for British holidaymakers to visit.
If you are interested in holidaying on the islands of Lamu and Manda, Lamu Island Property and East African Retreats have some beautiful coastal properties available, including Forodhani House, Jahazi House and La Marelle House.