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.
The Foreign Office (FCO) has changed its travel advice to British tourists visiting Kenya following two recent attacks on Westerners staying at beach front properties.
A former employee of the Kiwayi Safari Village in Kenya has appeared in court in connection with the kidnapping and murder of British tourists last week.
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.
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.
More than 1,100 different species of birds are found in Kenya which is an impressive 12% of the world’s total bird population.
Basecamp Explorer, Norway’s eco and adventure tourism pioneers, is set to introduce a new conservancy this November.
Samburu National Park is open again for business after flooding at the beginning of 2010.
Kicheche Camps, the group of small, privately owned luxury wildlife camps in Kenya’s Masai Mara and Laikipia in Northern Kenya has launched a new itinerary, The Kicheche Triangle.
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