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Published on : Friday, April 1, 2016
The British government has been urged by tourism stakeholders in Lamu and Manda on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast to lift its travel advisories which are still in place, saying they have had a negative impact on the tourism industry in the two islands.
Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Najib Balala says the government has boosted security in the region and it would be good for London to re-evaluate its stand on travel advisories.
Some of the security measures the government has put in place in the region include the establishment of 12 police stations, deployment of nine armoured police vehicles as well as frequent police patrols.
Acknowledging the security measures put in place by the Kenyan government in Lamu, British High Commissioner (Ambassador) Nick Hailey noted that his government would respond positively after reviewing the security situation.
The travel advisories by the British government have been in place for the last five years.
Lamu County has in the past borne the biggest brunt of the adverse effects on Kenya’s tourism industry following several terror attacks there which left the region’s tourism sector limping.
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