Lonely Planet Writer

Tourism industry in Kenya braces for Garissa fallout

Kenya braces for further decline in tourism.
Kenya braces for further decline in tourism. Image by Kevin Walsh / CC BY 2.0

Despite the Garissa University attack taking place hundreds of miles from tourist sites, hoteliers across Kenya fear the events will spark another wave of layoffs in the hospitality sector. One operator, whose camp has a 25 bed capacity, said 19 guests cancelled their bookings when the scale of the raid became clear. The country’s tourism sector has been in decline since 2013 when al Shabaab stormed the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people during a four-day siege. Kenya’s coast has taken the brunt of the fallout, with 23 hotels closing in the first three months of this year. Read more: news24.com