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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 10, 2008

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 .

Wednesday 9 January 2008: Security Update from the Kenya Tourism Federation

Following the Presidential announcement of the appointment of cabinet ministers yesterday evening there were some concerns that there might be protests and public demonstrations from opposition supporters. However, in Nairobi and Mombasa all is quiet and there has been no change to the situation of calm which has prevailed for the last few days. There have been no reports of any protests or disturbances in Nairobi or Mombasa and all roads between airports and hotels are open and traffic is flowing as normal. All safari departures took place as usual with no problems reported on any of the roads to the parks and reserves.

There are reports that there were some demonstrations in Kisumu last night and today but currently the Kisumu-Kericho-Eldoret areas are off-limits for tourists so no visitors are affected.

It is expected that discussions will be taking place between the political leaders over the next few days to attempt to end the political differences. The President of the African Union arrived yesterday to meet both sides in an attempt to assist in settling the differences. Parliament reopens on Tuesday next week and the country is moving back to normality.

A serious issue of concern is the need to support the displaced persons who are being cared for in Red Cross Camps until they can return to their homes or be re-housed. The tourism sector is joining with the business fraternity to provide financial contributions to buy and transport food. There is no food or fuel shortage within Kenya but there have been transport and distribution problems which are now being resolved.


Tuesday 8 January 2008: Security Update

Nairobi

Throughout the day the situation in Nairobi was completely normal, with public transport operating and all offices and banks open as usual. There were no problems for any tourist vehicles driving through the city and all transfers to and from the airport and to the Nairobi hotels operated as normal. There were no reports of any incidents affecting tourists anywhere in the city.

Mombasa

Once again all was back to normal and there were no reports of any problems affecting tourists in any of the beach resorts or in Mombasa. All transfers and safaris continue to operate as normal from Mombasa. The British consular representative on the Mombasa south coast has written to express his appreciation of the work of the Tourist Police Unit over the last few days in helping to ensure good security for tourist visitors at the coast.

Parks and Reserves

There were no reports of any problems anywhere in the parks, reserves or tourist routes. All national parks and reserves may be visited by road or air as normal. The daily scheduled services linking all the parks continue to operate as normal.

Western Kenya

Once again there were no reports of any problems in Western Kenya today. However we continue to recommend that the areas around Eldoret, Kericho, Kakamega and Kisumu should remain off-limits to tourists for the time being. However these are not areas normally visited by tourists as part of their safari itinerary. Kenya Airways continue to operate scheduled flights to Kisumu and have also operated a number of ad hoc flights to Eldoret during the last few days.

During the last 24 hrs the German security advisory has been toned down and it is anticipated that other countries will be amending their travel advisories shortly to reflect the fact that calm has been restored.

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.

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