Lamu hotels’ number of guests decline by 50%
There is a huge decline in the number of guests that are received in the Lamu region and it is noted to be at about 50% in just 6 months something that is attributed to the on going insecurity in Kenya as well as the travel adversaries that US and other western countries are issuing against Kenya thus destroying Kenya tourism industry. From the record, majority of these hotels are operating in losses although the government is trying to improve the situation because most of the reservations that were made earlier on have been cancelled.
According to Mr. Lars Koreschen the chairman of the Lamu Hoteliers Tourist Association, most of the hotels located in the Lamu archipelago was forced to reduce on the number of workers by 10-15% of the total hotel staff because their was no more work but all resulting from insecurity. He also added while addressing in the Business Weekly in Lamu town, that most of the hotel owner have not lost hope that they will pick up and run their business like they used to some day soon and there others which have already reopened in this high season of July.
He said Lamu has not had any kind of attack since last September and since then they have had their security measures improved and have continued to patrol the beaches day and night. There are a number of patrol boats around the Lamu archipelago, more administration police with lots of communication equipments so that they can alert each other incase of anything something that helped them to prevent attempts by Somali pirates’ attack Lamu again.
For this matter, he urged the French Embassy together with its government to revise and then lift the travel ban that it imposed to Kenya because it is drastically damaging the tourism market in Lamu. Previously, they used to get so many tourists from France but there numbers have reduced since the travel ban was imposed and are now receiving Italians and British tourists among other nationalities. The veteran hotelier said it is very had to market Lamu again because the recent bombings in the country but are doing all they can with the help of the Kenya Tourist Board to ensure the hotel industry in Lamu receives its full share and the presence of the British High Commissioner to Kenya in Lamu for a few days is going to be a major boost to the European tourists so said Koreschen.
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