NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29- Tourism stakeholders in Lamu and Manda want the British government to lift travel advisories still in place affecting the two Islands following major security investments made by the government.
Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Lamu County Governor Issa Timmamy led tourism stakeholders in lobbying for the travel advisories to be lifted during a sector meeting attended by British High Commissioner Nick Hailey, in Lamu.
Balala said the government has increased security in the region and it was time for Britain to re-evaluate its advisory by lifting it.
“The travel advisory has been in force for the last five years, the government has done its best, gazetted 12 police stations in the county, deployed nine armoured police vehicles besides other patrols,” Balala said.
Tourism has been highly affected by advisories hurting the livelihood of the local community.
The Ministry plans to continue to encouraging the private sector investors to improve on their products and services, to continue attracting repeat tourists.
“The British Government is concerned with travel advisories affecting Lamu, we have gotten a good brief on the security measures that have been put in place and I shall share this with my government for consideration,” British High Commissioner Nic Hailey.
He said his security team will be reviewing security situation constantly for necessary steps as soon as possible.
The Lamu Governor said security improvement in the two islands was real and invited Hailey and his family for a three day tour of the region.
Last year the French Government lifted travel advisories on the Islands.