Kenya: Covid-19 – Tour Operators Appeal for Special Passes to Save Industry

Tour operators are appealing for special passes to save the industry from collapse barely three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta locked down five counties to contain coronavirus infections in the country.

Under the Kenya Tourism Federation, an association of all tourism players including air operators, hotelkeepers and caterers, travel agents and hotel owners, the stakeholders want the cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr Fred Matiang’i and his Tourim and Wildlife counterpart Najib Balala to allow them to have special passes for tourists to save the industry that is reeling from the pandemic.

KTF chairman Mr Mohammed Hersi in a statement Sunday said the containment measures were announced with very little lead time, adding that there are visitors already in the country with others expected to arrive over the next few days and weeks for confirmed safaris and tours.

“The recent containment measures have thrown the entire industry into disarray,” said Mr Hersi in the statement.

He added that the curtailed movement out of the five counties under lockdown including Kenya’s main hub, Nairobi, will adversely impact on tourist movement across the country…

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