Tourism players assure of security

June 27, 2012
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KTF sent its condolences to the families of those who were killed in Sunday’s grenade attack in Mishomoroni, Mombasa/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – Kenya’s tourism sector has assured visitors to the country that tourist class facilities are maintaining a very high degree of vigilance in collaboration with government security agents, despite recent terrorist attacks in the country, and especially Mombasa.

On Saturday, the United States Embassy issued a travel advisory and ordered its staff out of Mombasa while also cautioning its nationals to avoid the coastal area until July 1, citing intelligence reports of an imminent terror attack.

“While we appreciate that the primary responsibility of foreign missions is to their citizens, all nations need to appreciate that terrorism is not a Kenyan problem, but a global one that has to be fought by all countries,” the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) Chairperson Lucy Karume emphasised in a statement.

“Peace in Somalia is key for global peace and not only for Kenya. Proactive use of intelligence information by any country will prevent senseless loss of human lives and deal a blow to the terrorist elements,” she added.

KTF sent its condolences to the families of those who were killed in Sunday’s grenade attack in Mishomoroni, Mombasa.

She at the same assured that all tourist facilities in the country had increased their security surveillance.

“As a result of increased security in areas with tourist activity, we have been fortunate that no incidences have been reported in and around tourist areas,” she said.

“The tourism sector further wishes to assure all esteemed visitors to Kenya that tourist class facilities continue to maintain a very high degree of vigilance in collaboration with government security agents,” she stated.

The KTF Safety and Communication Centre will remain open 24 hours a day and will be updating the industry should there be issues of concern.

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