“Correct situation” is that most of Kenya is safe
Tour operators are stressing to travel agents that the “correct situation” in Kenya is that most of the country was safe for tourists.
Africa specialists are urging agents to realise the recent wave of travel warnings is limited to a distinct area, namely to Mombasa Island and surrounding areas.
Visions of Africa reservations manager Lucy Cook: “The safety of our clients is paramount, but knee-jerk reactions are not going to help anybody.”
David Holland, sales manager for African Pride: “Kenya is still on sale; it’s just certain areas like Mombasa that are a bit of a problem. We would urge agents to advise their clients to look at the correct situation.”
As reported, Thomson and First Choice (Tui) announced last Friday that they were evacuating all 400 of their customers from the country following a sudden warning from the UK Foreign Office. They have cancelled outbound flights to Mombasa until October 31, despite the travel advice not including Diani or Moi International Airport. Kuoni has also evacuated the “handful” of customers it had in the region and has cancelled holidays to the Kenyan coast, but stresses that holidays outside the area are still going ahead in the country.
[pictured: Kenya; photo by Mkememia]