January was a month that was tinged with sadness for us here in Kenya.
We remember the 21 people who lost their lives in the Dusit D2 attack and also all those who were injured in the attack. We pray for all those affected and their families.
Dusit which was voted as the Best Luxury Business hotel in 2017 was dealt a big blow. We however remain hopeful and optimistic. We applaud our security forces .Their response was swift and well synchronized. The situation was brought under control within a short time. Mr Mohammed Hersi , chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation, assured all industry players (tourism) that we would be updated on any developments through the Tourism federation’s safety and security center.
According to VP Insights, analytical experts, the attack has had a minimal impact on tourism to Kenya and no setback in visitor arrival.
We remain resilient as Kenyans and we continue in our quest for peace, love and unity. The unfortunate thing about such acts of terror is that they prey on innocent people and seek to unleash fear and distrust. We will rise above this and we will stand as a nation together and drive out all hatred aimed at destroying us as a country.
As tourism players we want to ensure that we as well as our clients are safe. That is why we urge all stakeholders to be keen and ensure that safety standards are met across the board. After all I am my brother’s keeper.
We remain grateful and positive of the good things to come such as the increase in cruise tourism and the twin migration that happens only in Kenya!! We look forward to what 2019 has to offer and we embrace it all.
Najivunia kuwa Mkenya!