Kenya reduces park entry fees by 50%
Kenya reduces park entry fees by 50%: As tourism resumes, Kenya has reduced all park entry fees to each and every national park and reserve in under the management of Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya is a worldly famous tourist destination with more adventure to offer to tourists ranging from wildlife, marine life, mountains, beach life and many more to fit the interests of a variety of tourists
The decision to reduce the prices by 50% has come as one of the ways to boost the recovery of tourism in Kenya since the occurrence of the pandemic COVID 19 and its effects, because of COVID 19 each and every individual was affected either financially, mentally or any other way. Some of the sectors hit hard of the pandemic are tourism and accommodation/hotel sectors.
After a long discussion among the cabinet of Kenya wildlife services responsible for managing all national parks in Kenya and headed by Brig. (Rtd). John Waweru as the Director-General with Najib Balala as the Tourism cabinet secretary. The cabinet decided to cut the park entry prices by 50% which is half of the normal operating park entry fees, this decision was followed by a declaration and announcement made on July 11 2020 by Tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala made at the Kenya Wildlife Services headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
In his words “Tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala” said the intention of reducing the park entry fees was to ease financial burden on local and foreign tourists caused by COVID19 pandemic, in the announcement the reduced park entry prices are effective from July 1 2020 to June 30 2021 and with this rates you can access most parks in Kenya. Najib Balala urged Kenyans to grab the opportunity of the reduced park entry prices to experience the beauty of Kenya’s wildlife and plants since touring is more affordable than ever.
For film makers visiting parks, reserves and sanctuaries in Kenya for filming purposes “film producers” a discount of 50% is offered regardless of the status (local and international film producers). With the new tariffs/park entry fees, local and foreign tourists visiting premium national parks of Kenya (Nairobi, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East and Tsavo west national parks) are to enjoy a 47 percent reduction on park entry fees
In the statement released by Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) read by Najib Balala, a moratorium for free rent for all lodges in Kenya Wildlife parks was released, and based on this rent moratorium the owners of the lodge were urged to use to the saving improve services and facilities offered to visitors.
Kenya’s tourism sector has been greatly affected by the COVID 19 pandemic resulting into losses amounting to 800 million U.S dollars as per the words of the cabinet secretary for Tourism on June 29th 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, tourists and all the authoritative individuals at the airports and tourist destination are urged to adhere with the COVID19 protocols issued by the Ministry of Health.
On a reminder note, Kenya was awarded with the Safe Travel Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) a forum for the travel and tourism industry. This awarded was because of Kenya’s embrace of health and hygiene protocols recognized globally while handling and interacting with travelers on a safari in Kenya. The award was positive indication for the resumption of operations of travel and tourism industry in Kenya, because of the award Kenya is recognized as a safe destination to visit on a safari by tourists.
In Balala’s speech during launch of the Tourism and Travel Health and Safety Protocol he said “I am delighted to announce that Kenya has been listed among the 80 global destinations certified and authorized to use the “World Travel and Tourism Council Safe Travel Stamp ” together with our Magical Kenya Logo ”