26 April 2014

Kenya: Malindi Hotel Workers Lose Jobs Over Few Tourists

More than 3,000 workers of resort hotels in Malindi and Watamu have been sent home after the number of tourists dropped by 40 per cent.

The workers will return to work in mid July when tourism season is expected to pick up. Kenya Hotel Keepers and Caterers Association vice chair in Malindi and Watamu Phillip Mwavala said 90 per cent of the hotels began closing on April 1.

Speaking on the phone yesterday, he said he attributes the drop to high taxes and insecurity.

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