NAIROBI TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS CRISIS MANAGEMENT MEETING
Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala, has today held a consultative meeting on crisis management with the Nairobi Tourism Stakeholders. He was accompanied by the Chief Administrative Secretary, Mr. Joseph Boinnet, Principal Secretary State Department for Tourism, Hon. Safina Kwekwe Tsungu, and Principal Secretary State Department for Wildlife, Prof. Fred Segor.
Balala met the stakeholders ranging from hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents, and airline representatives to discuss and seek the way forward with the ongoing COVID19 and Travel advisories crises.
“The Corona virus is a crisis that has not only affected Kenya, but the whole world. That’s why as government, we are making sure that each County will have an isolation ward by Sunday. Currently, 5,000 doctors and nurses are being trained to tackle the pandemic if it strikes. Kenya has also been selected as the hub for CDC Africa, meaning that we have the capacity to conduct tests.” Said Balala.
On travel advisories, the Cabinet Secretary advised the embassies to not be issuing them just anyhow.
“Embassies should stop giving travel advisories to its citizens against visiting Kenya based on perception. Kenya is fully prepared to handle any case of the COVID19, but as of now we have none and the government is working hard to keep it that way,” he said.
Director General of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Kibe, who sits at the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus, reiterated the same and said that we need to stop spreading fear and the perception that things are bad.
“The government is doing all it can to ensure that the virus does not enter Kenya. Screening is done at all entry points,” he said.
The Cabinet Secretary also promised to set aside $3 million for post corona recovery strategy. He also promised to give $ 2million to the ministry’s National Crisis Committee that he gazetted yesterday, to aid in boosting the image of the destination.