Sample essay on tourism in kenya

Monday, 18 May 2015.

Kenya is the world’s leading tourist destination. It has an amazing wildlife, biodiversity and culture. Kenya stands out for its tourism potential, such as tropical beaches, savannas, coral reefs, snow-covered mountains and dense equatorial forests (Busch 45). Kenya is attracting adventurers and researchers from all over the world as a leading tourist destination

Over the past two years, Kenya has witnessed a massive expansion of tourism. It recorded higher levels of tourists owing to the increasing number of movements throughout the country. The tourism sector accounted for 11 per cent of the country’s GDP. It offers 18 per cent of employment opportunities in the country. Kena Airways (KQ) has increased its efficiency and customer satisfaction thanks to strict competition on a business trip. Kenya’s target is the world’s top 10 destinations in the world (Busch 47). In recent years, Kenya has intensified its international flights, with a direct connection between Nairobi and New York. Today, many local residents and tourists have access to air in Kenya. The Government is also expanding air transport infrastructure throughout the country to meet the ever-increasing demand for airline services. Once this dream is realized, local and international tourists will easily have access to different parts of the country

Although Kenya remains the main tourist player, it faces a number of challenges. The first problem is the mass destruction of wildlife. The case of poaching in Kenya is thriving. Most poachers are killing wild animals for their meat, horns and hides. Illegal trade in ivory continues to pose a threat to rhinos and elephants in the country (Gatim 56). This is because some top politicians in the country are linked to the illegal trade in wildlife

The second problem is inadequate investment capital. Kenya has limited resources, such as workers and land, to expand the tourism sector. Moreover, the Government did not fully support the industry by making it more rigid. For many years, the government has not been taken to local residents to invest in tourism (Kimathi 56)

Poor infrastructure is hampering the development of tourism in Kenya. For example, some attractions in the country are inaccessible due to bad roads (Kimathi 56). In addition, Kenya’s political landscape is sensitive, but tourism has flourished in a politically stable environment. In this regard, in 2007, presidential elections were held in the tourism sectors of the country, as visitors escaped violence due to violence. However, the Government has stepped up its efforts to return tourists from other regions of the world

Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, also affect Kenyan tourism. Most of the tourists were frozen and beaten by Kenya, whenever there were no such catastrophes. The country also suffers from tribalism, which creates an unstable environment characterized by violence and high tension. These ethnic clashes are of no significance to the country’s tourism sector, as other countries believe Kenya is unsafe (Jones and Clair 65)

Kenya also suffers from a lack of social services such as modern hospitals, sports and other entertainment facilities. Since most of the sites of tourism are located in remote areas, they cannot be easily accessible.  This does not encourage tourists to travel in such places (Acts, Bruce and Chon 43). According to the Country Report (45), Kenya is technologically challenged to compete with world leaders in tourism. Most remote tourist sites do not have access to the Internet, mobile networks, television and radio, which places visitors. The high population also has a negative impact on the tourism sector in Kenya. Because of the high population, there is competition in resources such as land, which leads to the capture of reserved areas such as forests and meadows. As a result, Kenya is registering a high level of conflict between people and wildlife in the world

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