Kenya fires next salvo in tourism spat with Tanzania

A sad state of affairs on Kenyan -Tanzanian relations! It really can!t benefit either country in the end

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome


(Posted 07th February 2015)

The reaction in Kenya was swift and sharp after Tanzania earlier in the week had cancelled the proposed meeting in Arusha between the two tourism ministers and their respective delegations, which was to follow up on a meeting held last month in Nairobi.

Kenya’s tourism cabinet secretary, who in in a twist of the tail also holds the portfolio for East African Affairs, yesterday announced the restoration of a ban for Tanzanian registered vehicles trying to access Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

With many tens of thousands of visitors to Tanzania using JKIA, mainly for better connectivity and substantially more flights, before taking the half day drive to Arusha from where they then start their safari, this will deal once again a heavy blow to Tanzanian safari operators. ‘They dilly dallied with us’ wrote a source who got…

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