Al-Shabaab terror blamed for Kenya tourism drop
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – ACTIVITIES of the Al-Shabaab insurgents have dealt Kenya’s tourism sector a major blow.
The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) confirmed that total arrivals for the quarter fell to 177 085 from 256 327 recorded during quarter one 2014.
In its report, the KTB shows that the number of tourists visiting the East African nation, either by sea or air sharply declined as the fear for the Al Shaab grows.
Mombasa, the country’s largest seaport, has of late witnessed lowest visitors coming with 394 tourists by March 22.
East Africa’s largest international airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKA), was also dealt a severe blow by the acts of terrorism, with arrivals dropping by 25 percent to 152 138 visitors over the same period.
The Moi International Airport, also saw its arrivals drop from 53 228 to 24947 as of March 2015.
The declines are squarely blamed on the recent terrorist al Shabaab attacks, the most recent at Garissa University College on April 2 when 147 people, mainly students, were killed.
The Garissa University College terror attack is more or less compared to the deadliest terror attack of 1998 at the Nairobi’s US Embassy in which a detonating bomb killed more than 200 people.
The renewed terrorism attacks have forced key Kenya tourism markets of the United States, United Kingdom and Australia to consider their visit to the country, a move likely to see many tourism companies losing thousands of jobs.
The countries have issued also issued travel advisories to citizens wishing to visit the East African country following renewed attacks by the terrorist group.
– CAJ News
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