Kenya Calling Tourists

Sun, 2008-03-09 23:52 by Jan

Kenya calling tourists

Peace has returned, they need us back – and with deals like these, now’s the time to go
Stephen Bleach

If you’ve ever wanted to see Kenya – and, really, you should – the time to do it is now. Not convinced? Here are three good reasons.

First, Kenya needs us. Tourism is the country’s biggest foreign-currency earner, but the recent conflict crippled the trade, with some estimates indicating that visitor numbers have fallen by as much as 85%. In a poor nation, that means real hardship, for people and, potentially, for animals: the UN Environment Programme has warned that, without tourist revenue, many conservation projects are in danger of collapse. Now the party leaders have shaken hands and peace has been declared, Kenya needs visitors to get back on its feet.