Officials at the Kenya Ministry of Tourism are attempting to quell a growing crisis in the sector after two kidnappings in coastal areas near Somalia prompted the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to advise against travel to the region. In the latest attack, Marie DeDieu, a French citizen, was abducted from a private residence in Manda Island on Saturday.
A French woman was kidnapped by an armed gang while she lay asleep in her beach cottage in Kenya, according to reports.
Travel from the UK to Kenya has not been impacted by the attack on a British couple staying at luxury Kiwayu Safari Village, according to reports.
Officials in Kenya have drafted extra police and soldiers into the area where a British holidaymaker was shot and killed and his wife kidnapped. David and Judith Tebbutt were staying at the luxury Kiwayu Safari Village when the incident occurred on September 10th.
Police are trying to secure the safe release of a British holidaymaker in Kenya who was kidnapped after her husband was killed in their luxury resort.
Officials in Kenya have moved to reassure visitors the drought sweeping the Horn of Africa is not having an impact on tourism in the country. Leah Gwiyo, permanent secretary, ministry of tourism, said visitor numbers were “impressive” in some regions despite the lack of rainfall.
The Kenya Government has confirmed that the cost of a single entry tourist visa to Kenya will remain at £20 ($25) for all visitors to the country until July 1st 2011. The waiver on the visa fee for children under the age of 16 years will remain in force for the same period.
Qatar Airways has linked up with the Kenya Tourist Board in a deal designed to boost the number of Chinese visitors to the destination. The move will be centred on a digital campaign where visitors can send Kenya themed e-postcards to their friends and relatives.
When Clarence House announced that Prince William had proposed to Kate Middleton in a continent he considers his “second home”, Kenya’s travel and tourism industry received the ultimate endorsement. BTN looks at the Windsors’ special relationship with Africa, and Kenya in particular.
A romantic holiday in Kenya has paid dividends for Prince William, with Clarence House confirming he is to marry sweetheart Kate Middleton next year. The news follows confirmation of their engagement in October this year. William – who is second in line to the British throne - will marry in the year which would have marked the 30th anniversary of his parents’ wedding.
The Kenya Tourist Board has just announced that its UK visitor arrival figures for July 2010 have risen by more than 14 per cent compared to the the same month last year.