Nic Hailey meets with Kenya’s tourism players

Nic Hailey and Jimi Kariuki
UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey with Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board, Jimi Kariuki. Photo: Twitter/KariukiJimi

Yesterday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey met with players from Kenya’s tourism sector to discuss security, investment and ways to encourage more Brits to choose the East African country as a holiday destination.

Tweeting following the meeting, Jimi Kariuki, Sarova Hotels’ Marketing & Sales Director and Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board, thanked Mr Hailey for his continued support for Kenya’s tourism, adding that the “UK is important to us.”

Tourism in Kenya was given a boost last month when the travel advisory warning against visiting Lamu Island and Manda Island was lifted.

The lifting of the advisory travel notice came a year after the High Commissioner visited Lamu for a meeting with local players in the tourism industry including airport managers as well as Cabinet Minister Najib Balala.

During that visit, Mr Hailey, who has been supportive of the Kenyan tourism industry, said that through his visit he had “recognised the effects of the travel advisory on Lamu” but that Britain would work with the Kenyan government to improve the situation.