Tourism stakeholders at the Coast have named insecurity and poaching as the key obstacles in pitching the country to the international market.
Speaking at a stakeholder’s meeting at Leopard Beach Hotel last week, Slovakia ambassador Michel Mlynar said despite the zeal of various agents to market Kenya’s beauty across the globe, incidents of insecurity and terrorism put a hamper to their efforts.
“Incidents like what has been witnessed at the Westgate Mall and infrastructural challenges make it difficult to promote and market this beautiful country, although it would be a sin not to do so,” said Mr Mlynar.
Long-serving hotelier Chris Modigell said it was sad that the tourism industry was going backwards instead of forward.
With over 30 years of service at the South Coast, Mr Modigell said seven hotels had closed down and only one opened within Diani in the recent past.
“I am worried about the sector and not so much about the investments and the tourists coming to visit but more so about the people employed in the industry,” said Mr Modigell adding that with the industry being one of the fastest growing in the world, Tanzania was already giving Kenya a run for its money.
According to Mr Modigell, raising revenues and increasing prices would not help if the government cannot put in place measures to stop poaching at all costs. More....