The government of Kenya will from next year begin giving incentives to hotels in the Kenyan coastal region to enable them remain open during the traditional low tourism season months
Online PR News – 20-July-2009 – – Nairobi, Kenya, July 2009 – As the global tourism industry tries to recover to keep a float due to the current hard economic times, the government of Kenya has pledged to assist local hoteliers to remain in business throughout the year.
The Kenyan minister for tourism, Najib Balala has said from next year, important measures will be taken to ensure that all hotels would remain open and give discounted rates for local and international tourists.
"I have already put in place a special team to make recommendations on how we shall go about this," Balala said in Malindi when he paid a courtesy call on Malindi District Commissioner Arthur Mugira. The minister lamented that the regional economy slowed down following the closing down of hotels due to the low season.
Karl-Heinz Straus, Executive Director for Kenya One Tours supports the government's move saying that the low tourism season in the Kenya safari calender adversely affects the economy since the entire sector closes down and lays off thousands of employees.
“"The low season concept that occurs in the months of May, June, November and early December should have been abolished long time ago," says Karl-Heinz, adding, "We should never allow tourism, a very important sector of our economy to completely shut down."
Most hotels, notes Karl-Heinz, operate only during the high season and this trend has adverse effect on the regional economy. Karl-Heinz adds that strict measures should be taken to ensure nobody closes down their premises on the low season in Kenya.
The tourist industry is by far the largest single export earner in Kenya, bringing in some US$ 900 million a year and attracts more than one million visitors annually. The country received 2,001,034 visitors in 2007. The industry has, however experienced a downturn for the past 18 months following the disputed 2007 presidential elections that led to post election violence as well as the global financial crisis.
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