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Kenya Tourist Board Update On Recent Events Over Contested Kenya’s 2007 Presidential Election

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Kenya Tourism Board  Jan 04, 2008

The Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) is deeply saddened by the recent confrontations resulting from the Presidential elections held in December, 2007.

Kenya tourism officials are working diligently to ensure the safety and security of visitors to the country. In order to keep the traveling public up-to-date on the situation on ground in Kenya, we are sending out continual updates on the current state of affairs within the country with regard to the tourism infrastructure. Please be sure to monitor the situation on all fronts as the situation is fluid and can change at any time. The KTB strongly urges travelers and travel suppliers to make informed decisions based upon all the information that is available on Kenya’s state-of-affairs by continually checking with all available informed sources. As always, all U.S. travelers into Kenya should register themselves through the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi at: http://travelregistration.state.gov .

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NAIROBI - It is being reported that the Odinga rally scheduled for today in Uhuru Park, Nairobi was postponed to this coming Tuesday, January 8, 2008. Police dispersed crowds and have now removed all road blocks leading to and from the city center.

MOMBASA – It is being reported that morning airport transfers and safari departures went ahead as scheduled. Subsequently, large crowds attempting to come into Mombasa were confronted by police and there was some rioting. Once it was announced that the Nairobi rally had been cancelled crowds dispersed and the road is now open for tourist traffic between hotels and airports.

The Tourist Police Unit (TPU) in Mombasa is providing an escort service between hotels and the airport in a convoy for ease of logistics. The Likoni ferry used by visitors to the south coast is operating normally.

TOURISTS IN-COUNTRY – The Kenya Tourist Board has reported no knowledge or official reports of tourists being caught up in riots as tour operators were careful to avoid movement of tourists during the above mentioned rally.

AIRLIFT – Both Wilson and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi are operating normally. Fuel has been restored to Wilson airport and flights are operating back on schedule. The Mombassa Airport is reporting no problems.

The main scheduled international carriers into Nairobi for the North American market: Kenya Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Emirates, continue to operate their daily scheduled services.

Domestic carriers continue to operate full scheduled services within Kenya and these include Kenya Airways, Air Kenya and Safarlink. Kenya Airways has reinstated its service between Nairobi and Kisumu.

As of January 3, 2007, the U.S. office of Kenya Airways has reported minimal cancellations for U.S. travellers to the country. They have shown a very small amount of postponement in travel dates for individual travellers. Additionally, today they reported that they have even been booking flights for groups travelling in the next two weeks

GROUND TOURISM OPERATIONS – Based upon a survey sent out today to U.S. Tour Operators, tours continue to operate normally with little disruption and that normal booking terms & conditions apply. Some operators are reporting cancellations, although they are few. Many are reporting a “wait and see” approach.

There is a strong police presence along all the main roads and highways between the airports and the city hotels and as a result, traffic is moving along these routes without a problem, some detours may be necessary around the Uhuru Park area in Nairobi. The main roads and highways linking Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport and the Nairobi city hotels are also all secured and tourist vehicles are able to be driven along these routes.

GAME PARKS - Safaris to the main game parks continue to operate as normal both by air and by road. TPU is also available to assist tour operators and hoteliers as the need may arise. Security problems have not been reported in any of the parks or reserves.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - The U.S. State Department has updated travel information for Americans travelling to Kenya on their website. For more information please visit www.travel.state.gov . Additionally, travellers can visit the U.S. Embassy site in Nairobi at www.kenya.usembassy.gov .

We will advise if there are any changes in the situation in Kenya, but at present, we continue to welcome North American travelers and all tourism infrastructure units are operating as normal. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will continue to distribute updates on the status of this situation if changes arise. For additional information, please contact the Kenya Tourist Board at 866-44-KENYA / infousa@magicalkenya.com.

Kenya Tourist Board Update On Recent Events Over Contested Kenya’s 2007 Presidential Election



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