Kenya's tourism industry is heaving a sigh of relief following the peaceful general elections at the beginning of August. The Kenya Tourism Federation reported that all the safari destinations and beach resorts enjoyed calm during and after the elections.
"Whilst there was much apprehension and concern in the months leading up to the elections over possible unrest given the past election, on the whole these elections went off peacefully. We now hope that the visitors will return to experience the wonderful destination that Kenya is. Normality has returned to the operational side of tourism and there is no reason not to visit Kenya," says Roni Madhvani, director of the Madhvani Group in Kenya.
Rowena Putter, specialist travel consultant for Boundless Africa, said a travel advisory was issued recommending that tourists stay away from nontourist, downtown and poorer areas where there was some crowd unrest over the elections. However, tourist destinations were all declared safe.
Devan Jobanputra, Travel 'n Style, added that there have been no incidents during the elections and that most of the country is free of unrest. He said: "There was only a little disturbance in some low-income areas of Nairobi and Kisumu. Tourism hot spots such as national reserves and national parks are all over the country, and none of them are near the areas that experienced some protests over the results. Resorts at the coast are also very safe and fully accessible without any safety concerns."
Jobanputra explained that travelers are savvy and with the advice from tour operators and travel agents, they were even able to visit Kenya over the time of the elections without any concern. He said: "Other than to avoid any public gathering or visiting some low-income areas, we advise travelers to come and enjoy the peace and stability and the friendly people of Kenya."