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Magical Kenya Travel Expo, 2014
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Statement by Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization
On behalf of the World Tourism Organization, and of the international tourism community, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Westgate atrocious attack as well as to the government of Kenya in this tragic moment. 
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KENYA TOURISM BOARD STATEMENT ON THE WESTGATE ATTACK
25TH SEPTEMBER, 2013 17.00 HRS (EAT)

Following the attack at the Westgate Mall on Saturday, 21st September, 2013, multiple security teams have been engaged in securing the mall and have succeeded in containing the attackers. This brought to an end the anxiety caused by the 5 day siege that left 67 dead among them six security officers and 240 people were injured.  

While addressing the nation yesterday (24th September, 2013) after the successful operation, President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed that he would stand firm against terrorism and those behind the attack would be punished "swiftly" and "very painfully. 

The President took the opportunity to celebrate the dedication of the Kenyan security teams, condole with the families who lost loved ones as well as appreciate everyone who volunteered their time and their resources towards resolving the needs of the crisis. He also declared a 3 day mourning period beginning today during which the national flag will fly half mast. 

The President has reassured both Kenyans and the international community that the Government will not relent until the perpetrators are brought to book. He applauded the ‘#WeAreOne’ spirit of the Kenyan people that has been demonstrated through the overwhelming support through blood donations, sharing of financial resources among others. 

While the incident affected various nationals, its notable that there haven’t been travel advisories that directly discourage travel to Kenya but rather there was advice to keep off the affected shopping mall as well as crowded areas (which is normal). 

Most foreign missions and governments continue to show support to Kenya and the affected citizens and they take cognizance of the fact that terrorism is a global issue.

Tourism events - 2013

KTB wishes to confirm that key events slated for next month, the World Travel Awards (WTA) 16th October, 2013 and the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (16th – 18th 0ctober, 2013) are on course. Currently, both the Eco Tourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) and African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) are both on –going with a representation of over 40 countries. These are being held at The Safaripark Hotel and The Intercontinental Hotel respectively.

KTB wishes to confirm that arrangements are underway to have all the delegates to the October events met by both KTB staff and Tour Operators at the airport for smooth clearance and support. 

The Tourist Police Unit (TPU) will continue to offer its services and escorts during the FAM trips will be arranged where need be. Delegates are encouraged to register with their local embassies for their own comfort and peace of mind. Security measures by both hotels and conference venue hosts have been tightened and KTB wishes to re assure all delegates that their safety remains a priority.

We wish to confirm that the rest of the city in Nairobi and the country at large continues to enjoy peace and tranquility even at the backdrop of the just ended unfortunate event and that tourism activities have not been affected in any way. Kenya’s national parks, one of the key tourism products, remain as safe as always.

Kenya Tourism Board Efforts

KTB was part of the teams supporting the many Kenyans and residents of all races who have come forward to donate blood. KTB and other government agencies in the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism hosted a hospitality tent on site to provide snacks and drinks to both the security teams at the blood donation venue as well as the blood donors. 

In addition, KTB will be making a donation through the efforts of staff to the Kenya Road Cross to enable the purchase of various medical supplies to enhance coping with the large numbers that have turned out to donate blood, post attack trauma counseling as well as sending messages of support to those affected using local media channels.  

KTB also continues to engage the local media to win back Kenyans to enjoying their own country through local travel, shopping and other activities that indeed confirm that Kenya is safe.

 KTB will share with the MDRs offices on social media and otherwise testimonials by both local and international tourists to give their first hand perception of Kenya as a tourist destination even at this time of the unanticipated tragedy.

KTB will continue to reach out to all the MDR offices through frequent updates which can be used to re-assure and inform the travel trade on any new destination information. These can be customized to suit the various markets for use on a need basis.

We appeal to all the MKTE delegates to support Kenya and visit as planned in solidarity as part of the international community well aware that terrorism is a global vice that must be fought in unity. Kenya still remains a tourism destination of choice. 

Please feel free to send in any inquiries that you may have from both media and trade as the events unfold. We will keep you updated. 

MURIITHI NDEGWA, OGW
MANAGING DIRECTOR

 
UPDATE BY HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA ON WESTGATE MALL TERROR ATTACK
Fellow Kenyans,

I thank all of you for staying strong and for being there for each other's sake as the tragic ordeal at the Westgate Mall enters its second day. You continue to be heroic in many amazing and heartening ways. As a nation, we speak as one on this. You can see here former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other national leaders ... in and outside Government.

We are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society. Our diversity is also our strength.

Sadly, the evil and cowardly act of terrorism has claimed 59 lives and injured more than 175 people. Let us all continue to keep all the affected people in our thoughts and prayers, even as we reach out with a helping hand. I want every bereaved family to know that I mourn very deeply with
them. 

No one should lose their life so needlessly, so senselessly, and no family should have to receive news that their loved one has been killed by a criminal bunch of cowards.

As your president, as a leader and as a Kenyan, I feel the pain of every life we have lost, and share your grief at our nation's loss. My nephew and his fiancee are among those who died in this attack. These are young, lovely people I personally knew and loved. 

Many of us have lost loved ones. Let us mourn them all as one nation, and keep them always in remembrance and prayer.

To those who have suffered physical and psychological wounds I offer words of comfort and encouragement. Please know that my Government and
multitudes of well-wishers are united in one resolve: to see you through this painful and confusing moment. 

Take heart that you are not alone as you bear your hurt; we are praying for your quick recovery.

Owing to the professional response of the various security agencies at the scene and the selflessness of countless Kenyans, more than 1,000 people were rescued from the Mall and attended to. 

We continue to rescue more. This is remarkable and encouraging. I am aware that many have expressed impatience over the pace at which the situation is unfolding. Whilst I empathise with your anxiety at seeing the matter concluded as quickly as possible, I ask for your understanding as well.

There are 10 to 15 armed terrorists inside the building as well as many unarmed, badly shaken, innocent civilians. We have reports of women as
well as male attackers. We cannot confirm details on this. 

Our security analysts are looking at that. Our multi-agency response unit has had to delicately balance the pressure to contain the criminals with the need to keep our people still held in the building safe.

Obviously, the outcome has not been ideal, but I am satisfied that our disciplined forces have responded in as professional and effective manner
as the circumstances have allowed. 

I also ask Kenyans to remember that these officers are putting their lives on the line for the greater good. Therefore, give them due consideration and prayer.

The Inspector-General of the Police Service, David Kimaiyo, remains in charge of the situation. Teams from the Kenya Defence Forces have
supplemented the intervention. The criminals are now all located in one place within the building. 

With the professionals on site, I assure Kenyans that we have as good a chance to successfully neutralise the terrorists as we can hope for. Let us allow them space and time to do their best.

I have received calls from world leaders offering their words of comfort and solidarity. I have also received numerous offers of assistance from friendly countries, which are under evaluation. 

For the time being, however, this remains an operation of the Kenya security agencies. I thank all our international friends who have reached out to us and stood with us.

The Al-Shabaab terror group have claimed responsibility for this cowardly act of terror on social media. However, investigations are underway to
conclusively establish those responsible for this mayhem, so that we can have full accountability. 

They shall not get away with their despicable, beastly acts. Like the cowardly perpetrators now cornered in the building, we will punish the masterminds swiftly and painfully.

I call on Kenyans to stand courageous and united. Let us not sacrifice our values and dignity to appease cowards. Our victory must be conclusive. Let us defeat them with our unity. By responding quickly and generously to distress calls, we have triumphed. 

By standing in long lines all over the city to give blood, donating money through our mobile devices, buying and distributing food, blankets and beverages to the affected, we have ashamed and defeated our attackers. Let us continue to wage a relentless moral war as our forces conduct the physical battle. 

We shall triumph.

As I asked you yesterday, please continue helping, and continue praying.

Thank you. God Bless our Beloved country.

Date: 22nd Sept, 2013
Time: 1700hrs.

 
STATEMENT BY CABINET SECRETARY EAC AFFAIRS, COMMERCE AND TOURISM, MRS. PHYLLIS KANDIE

Following the attack on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday 21/09/2013, leading to loss of lives and injuries, I wish to update as follows;

 

The tourism sector joins other Kenyans in condoling the bereaved families including those of foreigners who have lost their lives during the Westgate attacks.

 

The attack was a despicable act of cowardice intended to instill fear among Kenyans and our visitors, but the attackers must never be allowed to have their way.

 

We are hereby therefore affirming that normal activities are going on in all parts of the country despite this grave and enormous challenge.

 

Tourists

We wish to assure tourists that Kenya is peaceful and our security agencies are doing everything possible to ensure that everyone is safe.

 

Visitors are thus welcome to visit all our tourist facilities across the country which are operating normally.

 

Tour operators and travel agents have confirmed that tourism activities continue uninterrupted. The government has also scaled up security in other social places across the country.

 

Consequently we are extending a hand of welcome to all those arriving from tomorrow to Kenya to attend two critical conferences namely; Africa Hotel and Investment Forum and the Eco tourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference taking place in Nairobi ahead of other upcoming international events to be hosted in the country.

 

Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary, EAC Affairs, Commerce and Tourism
 
WESTGATE MALL TERROR ATTACK: STATEMENT BY CABINET SECRETARY EAC AFFAIRS,COMMERCE AND TOURISM
Following the attack on Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday 21/09/2013, leading to loss of lives and injuries, I wish to update as follows; 

The tourism sector joins other Kenyans in condoling the bereaved families including those of foreigners who have lost their lives during the Westgate attacks. 

The attack was a despicable act of cowardice intended to instill fear among Kenyans and our visitors, but the attackers must never be allowed to have their way. 

We are hereby therefore affirming that normal activities are going on in all parts of the country despite this grave and enormous challenge. 

We wish to assure tourists that Kenya is peaceful and our security agencies are doing everything possible to ensure that everyone is safe.

Visitors are thus welcome to visit all our tourist facilities across the country which are operating normally. 

Tour operators and travel agents have confirmed that tourism activities continue uninterrupted. 

The government has also scaled up security in other social places across the country. 

Consequently we are extending a hand of welcome to all those arriving from tomorrow to Kenya to attend two critical conferences namely; Africa Hotel and Investment Forum and the Eco tourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference taking place in Nairobi ahead of other upcoming international events to be hosted in the country. 

Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, Cabinet Secretary, EAC Affairs, Commerce and Tourism
 
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