Tourism industry in Kenya has been on the verge of collapse since the aftermath of the Al-shabaab attacks that had crippled the once lucrative industry, Kenya’s second foreign exchange earner.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Italy at the beginning of this week is now bringing a shadow of light inherently in the Kenyan tourism industry.
This visit breaks the belief on Al-shabaab that had previously crippled the tourism sector in Kenya.
The war on terror took a uni-directional course after the Al-shabaab terror group intensified their attacks on Kenyan soil despite the fact that Kenya had vowed completely clear them out of the Somali nation.
This ordeal made the western nations to issue travel advisories which had many of the European nations including Italy to issue their citizens with warnings against visiting some parts in Kenya. This led to a weird reaction from the public who thought the western nations had become too subjective on the Kenyan people since terrorism was a global problem.
However, it is now crystal clear that the lucrative industry is back to its feet following Uhuru’s Italy visit and a positive response in the current tourism peak season that goes all the way to January before the low seasons.
The tourism industry player who include the hotels, lodges, Game Reserves and parks have shown above fifty percent response considering a time like now last year.
Kenya has held a number of the high class events and conferences ranging from the Global Entrepreneurship Forum which was graced by President Obama and other United Nations conferences which have given Kenya a positive image after successfully hosting the events.
The leading Game parks of the likes of Maasai Mara, Tsavo sister parks and the coastal attractions have registered positive results compared to last year.
Uhuru while addressing the annual Millan Expo 2015 reiterated the need for Italian companies to offer support to our Kenyan tourism sector which has a diverse culture and other tourism related attractions.
Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier met the Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and consequently inspected a guard of honor courtesy of the host Italian government, showing the close ties Kenya has with Italian government.