British visitors heading back to Kenya; resorts and beaches experience upswing

by Alister POOLE on December 31, 2012

Kenya’s coastal resorts have been reporting a much-welcomed upswing as Brits head to them for some new year sun.

While Kenya’s tourism industry had suffered badly over the course of the summer, visitors from every corner of Europe, and not just the UK, are finally heading back to coastal resorts after successful efforts by Kenyan government forces to make the country’s border with troubled Somalia much more secure.

Much welcomed by those within Kenya’s tourism industry, the Foreign Office lifted its advice against all but essential travel to the usually-popular islands of both Lamu and Manda and has reverted to its former position of suggesting that Britons travel only within 40 miles of the Somalian border. One hotelier on Lamu told of his huge relief at being able to pay staff over the winter and regular guests that have no concerns about security have been welcomed back with open arms.

All of the resorts on Lamu were booked up for both Christmas and New Year, however there are plenty of vacancies for the months of January and February, which includes the popular half-term week.  Elsewhere on the Kenyan coast, hotels have been commended for the high standard of service that the east African country has become famous for, despite some buildings starting to show their age.

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