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Come back to Kenya, says tourist board

26 January 2009 10:59

Come back to Kenya, says tourist board

Kenya is hoping to woo back tourists following the rioting which has scarred much of the country in recent months.

Disputed elections before Christmas resulted in widespread disorder, as mobs turned on one another and hundreds of people lost their lives.

Now, following a power-sharing agreement brokered by UN secretary general Kofi Annan, the country is looking to get back on its feet and resurrect its tourist industry.

Kenya Tourist Board UK sales and marketing director Angie Meddins told TravelWeekly it was hoping to put the country back on the front foot to ensure a "speedy return to the pre-election tourism levels".

It echoed comments from Mr Annan who said he wanted the country to return to the "stable, peaceful, prosperous and welcoming" state it had been before the disputed elections.

The riots saw Britons advised not to travel, with many cancelling holidays and turning to their travel insurance in a bid to recoup costs.