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Kenya Update

January 8, 2008 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor Travel Agent

Violence in Kenya over disputed elections, in which nearly 500 people were killed last week, has led to numerous travel advisories from European nations, as well as a travel alert from the U.S. Reports from the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) present events calming down and business being almost back to normal. On Monday, no security problems were reported in Nairobi, and there were no problems for any tourist vehicles driving through the city; all transfers to and from the airport and Nairobi hotels operated as normal, according to the federation.

In Mombasa, tourists in the town or beach resorts were reportedly unaffected. The Likoni ferries are in operation as normal. Some tour operators have reintroduced city tours in Mombasa, and all safaris and excursions out of Mombasa continue as usual, the federation announced.

The KTF also said there were no reports of problems in the national parks and reserves, which may be visited by road or air as usual. The daily scheduled services linking all the parks continue to operate. Although there were no reports of problems in western Kenya on Monday, it was recommended that the areas beyond Nakuru to Eldoret, Kericho, Kakamega and Kisumu remain off-limits to tourists for the time being.

None of the 30,000 international tourists in Kenya during the unrest were harmed, according to the Kenya Tourism Federation. The group is calling for travel advisories to be modified to prevent a collapse of tourism to Kenya, which would have a massive negative impact on the economy. (MR)

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