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