The United Kingdom of Britain has lifted a travel ban to Kenya’s coastal town of Lamu and Manda, but advises tourists to travel there by air not land.
“If you travel to Lamu Island or Manda Island, you should do so by air to Manda airport and not by road,” said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on its website
“This is long overdue, the investors have really suffered during the three to four years that the ban has been in place. Unlike Malindi where some investors shut down, Lamu investors have remained resilient through all this,” said Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Coast Executive Officer, Mr Sam Ikwaye adding that this is a great move that will see the coastal region bounce back to its former glory, according to a report by the Standard.
“We are happy about what is happening in the industry. Farmers, fishermen and all the players in the supply chain in this sector have suffered. But this is a positive move towards boosting tourist arrivals into the country.” Added Mr. Ikwaye