Britain removes travel restrictions for two Kenyan beach resorts

Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017

Kenyan beach resortsGiving a major boost to the struggling hospitality industry of Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast, Britain has lifted travel restrictions for the Kenyan beach resorts of Lamu and Manda Islands.

 

A statement issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it no longer advised against travel to Lamu and Manda Islands but urged British citizens travelling to these two islands to consider using air as opposed to road transport.

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in its review of the travel restriction to Kenya, said tourists from Britain should now be able to travel safely to Lamu and Manda Island.

 

Kenya’s tourism industry has in the recent past suffered as a result of deadly attacks by the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militia. Kenya was hardest hit in 2012 following attacks and kidnappings in the tourist havens around Lamu.

 

Many western nations imposed travel restrictions to the Coast region, dealing a major blow to the region which is close to 70 per cent reliant on the tourism industry.

 

Arrivals at Lamu and Manda Islands dropped by close to 60 per cent as Europe contributes more than 70 per cent of all foreign visitors to the archipelago.

 

This brought the economy of the region to its knees, leading to the closure of hotels and businesses.

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