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UK travel advisory amended

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Jan 21, 2008

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reviewed its travel advisory to Kenya.

It said not all parts of the country were affected by the post-election violence.

The statement named key areas where British citizens should avoid. They include regions worst hit by the violence such as Nyanza, sections of Nairobi and parts of Rift Valley.

In a statement on http://www.fco.gov.uk, the office no longer advises against all but essential travel to Kenya, but essential travel to several parts.

‘We advise against all but essential travel to the following parts of Kenya; Western and Nyanza provinces, Rift Valley Province between Narok and Kitale, the central business district, Kibera, Mathare and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi, Uhuru Park and Mombasa town," reads the statement in part.

However, the office describes the security and political situation in the country as unpredictable.

Following the announcement, tour operators at the Coast welcomed the downscaling of the advisory. A group of operators said they hope to get back to business soon.

"It is a sign of good things to come and a clear indication that peace is creeping back to the country, albeit slowly," said Mr Paul Kurgat.

Kurgat said most charter flights from Europe had re-scheduled flights to Mombasa to May.

"We believe that the review of the stand as contained in the website will make overseas tour operators re-think earlier positions," said Mr Shadrack Matano.

In an earlier travel ban, UK tour operators had said holidays were suspended for as long as post-election skirmishes continued.

The political crisis has so far cost the industry Sh4 billion. Following the chaos, hotel occupancy has dropped by half and massive cancellations of booking, resulting in the loss of many jobs.

The review is good news to industry players who feared earnings would fall way below last years Sh60 million.

eastandard.net

UK travel advisory amended



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