France finally reviews travel advisory against Lamu

France finally reviews travel advisory against Lamu

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Deputy Head of the French Mission to Kenya Emanuel Renoult and Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri arrive at Manda Island earlier during May.Mr Renoult said French officials would assess the security situation in Lamu. FILE/PHOTO.

Lamu, KENYA: Tourism stakeholders in Lamu can now breathe easy after France reviewed travel advisories that had previously been placed on the Lamu archipelago.

The move means there is a high possibility of removing Lamu from the list of regions that are not recommended for travel.

In May this year,the Deputy Head of the French Mission to Kenya Emmanuel Renoult accompanied by defence attaché met with Lamu governor Issa Timamy ,county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri and tourism stakeholders and shared information on the security conditions in Lamu.

In November last year,Remi Marechaux ,the ambassador of France to Kenya visited Lamu accompanied by Tourism CS Najib Balala to assess the security situation in Lamu.

According to Lamu county Tourism executive Samia Omar,the final report was tabled recently leading to the review of the advisory.

Speaking in her Lamu office,Omar said having noted that in recent months the security of the region had improved,the move means that the archipelago is no monger listed as an area that tourists should not travel to.

“The reviewing comes at an opportune time as the high season begins. The county government recently trained over 300 tour operators and hotel staff and partnered with the Lamu Tourism Association to promote the brand dubbed ‘Discover Lamu’ which will be launched in July.We shall also put in place a new tourist information booth then,”said Omar.

With France as one of the leading tourist markets for Lamu,its anticipated that with the review of the travel advisory, travel agents will now be able to sell tour packages to Lamu and reopen the tourist destination.

Omar said the county government of Lamu was hopeful that other countries like the UK,Germany,US and others will sool follow suit since many embassies had also visited Lamu in recent months to assess the security situation.