Hassan Joho the Mombasa governor has informed us that More than Sh870 million is approximated to have been actually lost in the last week as a result of the fall in tourism along the Coast.
On Wednesday governors of Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa, Tana River, Taita Taveta as well as Lamu and had discussions with representatives from UK, US, Canada plus France on how to cut down the price tag of cancellations caused by the not long ago travel advisories and also to revive tourism. In addition, they talked about the issues affecting tourism along the Kenyan Coast.
In accordance with Mr Joho, who was talking to reporters at the Governors’ offices found in Nairobi, over 5,000 jobs were lost following the closure of several hotels or the scale down of their businesses.
Other than the threats caused by terrorism, hotels at the Coast have been hit by the usual low season that goes on up to October as autumn begins in Europe before the winter.
Among the governors present at this Press conference were: John Mruttu of Taita-Taveta, Amason Kingi of Kilifi, Hussein Dado of River Tana, Salim Mvurya of Kwale as well as Issa Timmami of Lamu.
Some of the programmes which the governors together with the ambassadors agreed to jointly take on is the entrepreneurship training for youth that is anticipated to make the youth self-employed.
This programme will complement the special consideration offered earlier this very month when Kenya’s President Uhuru removed VAT on all air tickets and provided tax discounts for companies that pay for their personnel holidays.
The President also lifted the ban on government institutions holding meetings in hotels.
President Kenyatta said that Starting 12th June 2014, The government, will permit all corporate plus companies to pay holiday trip costs for their employees on yearly leave within Kenya as well as write off such expenses within their taxes. He talked one day right after Five hundred
British tourists were cleared out from Kenya’s Southern Coast following their Foreign Office released a travel advisory to British citizens.
The President mentioned that this government wished to directly offer a minimum of 25,000 Kenyans an opportunity to go for a one week holiday each month at the cost of their employers, taking to total over 300,000 more Kenyan guests into hotels.
This was one of the other moves aiming to return the industry to its previous glory. Some others included a decrease in park fees, supposed to entice international plus local tourists.
The statement by president Kenyatta read that All park fees which are presently at KSh7,830 / $90 for each non-resident and then KSh1,200 for each resident guest will be lowered to KSh6,960 / $80 and KSh1,000, respectively, starting 12th June 2014.
Australia, The US, France plus UK had released travel advisories cautioning their citizens not to go to a number of areas along the coast and in the capital Nairobi. Consequently, several British tourists were immediately evacuated with the tour operators quarreling that these advisories had heightened their insurance expenses.
Below are some of the best tourist Attractions in Madagascar
Ile Sainte Marie
The Ile Sainte Marie is found off the eastern Madagascar coast. The range of sheltered bays plus inlets on the island attracted pirates here Ile Sainte Marie back in the 17th & 18th centuries, and in fact the ruins of a number of pirate ships can up to now be seen in the shallow waters of Baie des Forbans. At the moment this island is among the leading tourist attractions within Madagascar. The calm, clear waters of the bays on this island offer perfect places for snorkeling. The waters of this island are also visited by humpback whales in summer.
Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park is well known for is diverse landscape. Situated in the southern central part of Madagascar, this park consists of areas with grasslands, steep canyons as well as sandstone formations, all scattered by random pools encompassed by palm trees. Just as most of the national parks in the country you will require safari guides. Tours may be organized ranging from adventures of just hours to those of many days.
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve is found in the southern part of the Madagascar and it is among the largest natural reserves. This word “tsingy” means the pinnacles which are scatteres all over the limestone plateau of the park. it is Located close to the western coast of the country, and the park includes a large area of mangrove forest. This park is habitat to 7 lemur species, among which is the Deckens sifaka – genus of lemur well known for its black face plus creamy-white fur.
Nosy Be Island
This tiny Nosy Be Island is among the leading tourist places of Madagascar attracting a large number of tourists from different parts of the world all year round. Despite the fact that the beaches of Nosy Be don’t appear picture perfect as a number of other exotic beaches, they actually do earn points for peace, clear aqua blue water as well as outstanding seafood restaurants offering seafood diners on this sand.
Avenue of the Baobabs
The Avenue of Baobabs is a collection of trees that line the dirt road connecting Morondava with Belon’i Tsiribihina in the western part of Madagascar. Its impressive landscape attracts tourists across the globe, which makes it one of the most frequently visited places in the area. The Baobab trees, some of which are as old as 800 years, didn’t originally stand in isolation on the landscape however stood in a thick tropical forest. as years went by, people cleared the forests for agriculture, and only left behind just these amazing baobab trees.