“Everywhere you go
in Kenya, there is wildlife. We have Lake Nakuru National Park,
Meru National Park, Amboseli National Park, Masaai Mara, Tsavo
National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, and Nairobi National
Park,” he said.
The CS said Kenya
has already acted on complaints by Chinese tourists over being
coerced to give bribes at the Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport in Nairobi.
“We have heard of
those complaints. We have put a new structure at the airport
under the leadership of the CEO of the airport. Everything must
work.” said Balala, stressing that actions have been taken to
ensure a seamless non-corruption process, with major
improvements already hailed by tourists.
Noting there are
travel agencies and hotels run by Chinese in Kenya, the CS also
called for more Chinese investments in Kenya’s tourism and
wildlife sectors, saying Kenya is ready to give incentives,
including duty free on facility refurbishment, to investors in
China has honored
its commitment to ending commercial processing and sales of
ivory by the end of 2017. Balala said the move was a noble thing
done to Kenya and Africa.
Balala said Kenya is
ready to deepen cooperation with China on tourism and wildlife
sector to cement bilateral relations. “The policy of China to
work with the rest of the world is a win-win policy, so we want
to encourage it and, definitely, we think our tourist industry
and wildlife sector will benefit from the visiting of Chinese
tourists in Kenya.”