Kenya’s government has created a National Tourism Crisis Steering Committee to not only plan the country’s tourism recovery post COVID-19 but include mitigating measures for emergencies during the pandemic.

This was announced by Kenyan Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala, who said the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a major impact on tourism sectors across the globe, with countries implementing travel bans and nationwide lockdowns.

The committee will be chaired by Tourism Chief Administrative Secretary, Joseph Boinnet, and will be on a three-year renewable term, operating from the National Tourism Crisis Operational Centre at the Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

The Ministry of Tourism has set aside KES500 million (€4.3m) for its post-coronavirus recovery plan.

“Part of this money will be used to restore destination confidence to ensure that Kenya remains a preferred travel destination globally, while the rest will be used for the post-coronavirus recovery strategy in all our key source markets,” said Balala.

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