30 August 2012

Kenya: Tourism Not Affected By Chaos

Photo: Lauren Everitt/AllAfrica
Lamu island: Tourist arrivals declined by half a percent for the first quarter of 2012 following a tourist's abduction in Lamu and subsequent travel advisories issued by the United Kingdom, France and the United States.

The tourism Industry has not been affected by the chaos experienced in Mombasa in the last few days. The chaos, which have claimed the lives of three policemen, were triggered by the murder of Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo.

Italian Consulate in Malindi, Roberto Macri, said the chaos is "a mere reactions" to the killing of the Muslim leader and will have no effect on the sector.

Speaking on phone from Malindi he said tourists should carry on with their holiday activities. "There is no problem in Malindi, everything will return to normal soon," he said.

The association of pastors in Malindi yesterday addressed a joint press conference attended by officials from Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and warned the chaos could affect the sector if normalcy does not return in Mombasa. Bishop Thomas Kakala said residents in the North Coast and the larger Coast region heavily rely tourism.

He said there are fears tourists will shy away from locals shops. "People are going to suffer if the situation persists in Mombasa we ask for calm so that people can continue to coexist peacefully," he said.

Sheikh Omar Dima who was present at the press conference said the government should speed up investigations to end the tensions. Rogo was killed on Monday afternoon as he was driving his wife, who had a miscarriage two weeks ago, to hospital. He was in the company of his father, wife, five-year-old daughter and another relative in the car.

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