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Kenya re-assures an experience of lifetime to the Indian travellers

All India, 19th January 2015 : Kenya Tourism Board re-assures the Indian travellers that travelling to the country is safe following concerns over safety and Ebola in the past. The Kenyan government is taking adequate precautionary measures and there is no restriction to travel to Kenya’s popular tourist destinations like the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo, Samburu, Laikipia and Mount Kenya, for safaris, or Lamu Island, Diani and Malindi at the Coast among other.

Kenya is blessed with breathtaking and a magnificent range of captivating sceneries and landscapes with wide variety of wild animals, an array of culture, exquisite cuisine and beautiful people propelling it to one of the most preferred destinations worldwide.

42,910 Indian tourists travelled to Kenya in the first nine months of the year 2014. This is slight drop from the previous comparative period having mainly been caused by the Ebola scare which affected travel to all of Africa.

India still stands strong and is the biggest market in Asia for Kenya. And overall, India is the 5th largest source market. Kenya is coming up with various promotions and activities to highlight the destination in India and attract the ardent travelers wanting to be up close with nature and wildlife.

Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa OGW, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director said, “India is a very important source market for Kenya as a tourist destination. We are here to re-assure the travellers that Kenya is open for business and is a safe destination to travel. To reassure the market and tourists, we recently launched #WhyILoveKenya online campaign. KTB is geared together with the private sector towards increasing the positive image of the country. KTB has also launched various plans and strategies to grow the market. Besides the government has taken adequate measures to improve security and is also taking several other initiatives to improve the infrastructure leading to rapid economic growth.”

Kenya has seen an increase in tourism enquires in the later part of the year 2014 and we hope to close the last quarter on a high. Going forward Kenya will host a number of events in 2015 like SKAL Congress, ATA Conference, World Conference in PR in Emerging Economies and UN World Trade Organization, Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) among other events.

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was first reported in March 2014. The distance between the Western Africa countries (Sierra Leone) that have reported Ebola cases and Kenya is about 7,760 km as per Google maps.  Stringent measures have been put in place by the Government of Kenya, especially at airports and other ports of entry to ensure proper screening prior to entry into Kenya, particularly with regard to visitors emanating from areas where Ebola is prevalent.

The government has enhanced checks at major shopping malls, airports and other public areas and has increased the police – citizen ratio. KTB will continue to re-assure the visitors on the safety measures being undertaken by the government in order to make their stay in the country more comfortable.

Kenya has a wealth of magnificent locations from the highlands of Mt. Kenya, to the Rift Valley, the sun kissed Savanna and the luxurious coast which offer incomparable holiday experiences.

Welcome to Kenya and experience the rich and unmatched holiday experience!

Here are few relevant facts:

  • The continent of Africa is larger than the U.S., China, India, Europe and Japan combined.
  • Africa is not one country but 54 independent nations with strict customs controls. Most have restricted entry to travelers that visited affected West African countries.
  • Kenya remains Ebola free and no single case of Ebola has been recorded in the country.
  • Kenya Airways flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone remain suspended as a measure to prevent the spread of Ebola.
  • Restrictions on entry into Kenya for those who have passed through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are still in place.
  • Visitors to Kenya are not at any risk of contracting Ebola and there is no reason for visitors to cancel or postpone their travel plans.

For more information please contact:
Kenya Tourism Board       www.magicalkenya.com
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Ms. Akanksha Sharma
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From L to R- Ms. Lucie Malu, Kenya Airways, Country Manager; Mr. R.A Goenka, Hon. Consul Republic of Kenya; Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa OGW, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director; Mr. Rajeev Nangia, Director India
Kenya Tourism Board Managing Director and Members; Kenya Airways Country Manager and Members with Mr. R.A Goenka, Hon. Consul Republic of Kenya at the Media Forum in Mumbai
Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa OGW, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director
H.E Florence I. Weche, High Commissioner of Kenya to India
Kenya Tourism Board Managing Director and Members; Kenya Airways Members with H.E Florence I. Weche, High Commissioner of Kenya to India at Media Forum in Delhi