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WELCOME BACK TO KENYA

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Kenyans and tourism stakeholders welcomed the lift of the travel advisory ban by the Foreign Commonwealth office (FCO) at the Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi. The hotel whose business is at the heart of the tourism industry hosted over 300 tour consultants and stakeholders in the tourism industry to celebrate this sigh of relief to the tourism industry in Kenya.

Selfie moment; Ofweneke with Kempinski GM Oga Manish Nambiar

Selfie moment; Ofweneke with Kempinski GM Oga Manish Nambiar

“We would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the tour consultants for their support in business especially during the time when Kenya was experiencing a downtime with tourism numbers in the country”, said Manish Nambiar, General Manager Villa Rosa Kempinski.

Since the ban on travel to the coast and other parts of Kenya, the tourism industry experienced serious down times. There were cancellations with most destinations losing their bookings as well as many people being retrenched due to lack of business. A huge lot took pay cuts whereas those who have passion and belief in the industry, kept on working.

Speaking during the appreciation cocktail, Anne Murungi, Director of Sales and Marketing Villa Rosa Kempinski said that they will work hard and energise the industry until it is back on its feet.

Moses Dishola ,Carol Njaria and Bunyi Mahinda

Moses Dishola ,Carol Njaria and Bunyi Mahinda

“We are here today to celebrate these unsung heroes,” she concluded.

Triza Mungania, Perpetua Makandi and Janice Achola

Triza Mungania, Perpetua Makandi and Janice Achola

The move to lift the travel advisory came after the British High Commissioner Dr. Chris Turner, visited the Mara and parts of the coast and issued the statement after engaging with the stakeholders in the coastal regions. The tourism industry has been urged to be more vigilant and safeguard the gains made.

By KEVIN OGUOKO

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