This morning, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey hosted a breakfast meeting at his residence in Nairobi to explore ways and means to improve tourism in the coastal region of the country.
Attendees compared notes on the status of tourism, especially in Mombasa and the Kenya Coast. The British Government have been proactive in supporting the area in a number of ways, including providing finance for the road project heading to Moi International Airport and the cruise terminal at the Port of Mombasa which is partly funded by the Kenyan Government.
On his Facebook page, Mohammed Hersi, CEO of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), said: “We are also happy that the British Goverment lifted the non essential travel advisory on Lamu helping to resuscitate the numbers visiting Lamu . They have also been very considerate in the advisory levels in the electioneering period.”
The KTF are also lobbying the British Government to get charters from the UK back to Mombasa including direct scheduled flights.
“We are happy that as private sector we are able to engage directly with our key partners.” – Mohammed Hersi
Today’s meeting comes just days after the UK Post Office ranked the Kenyan resort of Mombasa as the beach destination which is easiest on the wallet in their annual Long Haul Holiday report.
The report compared the price of ten holiday essentials — from a cup of coffee and bottle of local lager to a three-course evening meal. Kenya was named as a great-value winter sun option, offering safari breaks as well as beach holidays.
Kenya Tourism Federation
Kenya’s Tourism Industry has traditionally had seven active private sector bodies representing the associations of Tour Operators, Hotelkeepers and Caterers, Travel Agents, Air Operators, Mombasa & Coast Tourism and Ecotourism Kenya.
Whereas each association worked very hard on their own, the ability to effectively address the entire industry’s concerns was limited, as the priority needs of one association’s membership are quite different from those of another.
This situation led to the birth of the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), with the primary objective of uniting the seven associations under one umbrella.