Hotels in Lamu county have recorded 90 per cent bookings for international tourists between December last year and January 2019.

This is according to records at the County Tourism Monitoring Office.

The statistics show a positive sign for the tourism sector that was brought to near collapse by a spate of terror attacks between 2014 and 2016.

The situation forced many western nations to issue travel advisories urging their citizens not to visit Lamu.

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The worst was the attacks and killings of civilians in Mpeketoni, Witu, Hindi, Kibaoni and areas around Boni forest by suspected al Shabaab militants in 2014.

Lamu county Tourism executive Dismas Mwasambu said the majority of the bookings from foreign tourists were from Europe namely Italy, Germany, France, Spain and also the US.

Speaking in his office on Monday, Mwasambu attributed the massive improvement of the sector to stabilised security.


He expressed confidence that with the current figures, the tourism sector was finally back on track thanks to the peace being enjoyed in the region.

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“It’s a good thing that tourists have regained their confidence in Lamu once again. It’s not every day that hotels are fully booked by this time of the month but that’s exactly the situation,” Mwasambu said.

The overall number of tourists both domestic and international is expected to grow even higher by April this year.

“We already have a steady flow of domestic tourists from Mombasa, Nairobi and other far-flung counties. We expect many more coming in for April holidays,” he said.

The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) and Magical Kenya have collaborated with the county government in marketing Lamu as a safe tourist destination.

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