By Antony Oyugi
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai has expressed deep concern over the slump in the tourism sector occasioned by the COVID 19 pandemic. Speaking to Al Jazeera in his office, Governor Tunai noted that the tourism sector is a key source of revenue not just for the Kenya Government but also for Narok County which hosts the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. He stated that with the imposition of travel restrictions and other protocols currently in place towards curbing the spread of the pandemic, it has become difficult for tourists both domestic and foreign to tour parks, game reserves, and other tourism destinations.
Governor Tunai further stated that the slump in the sector had resulted in job losses and untold economic hardship to thousands of households. He urged the government to come up with clear and predictable guidelines on how to reopen the tourism sector or cushion tourism stakeholders.
This comes at a time when the world-famous annual wildebeest migration is occurring and the game is migrating from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. The wildebeest migration has been classified by UNESCO as one of the Wonders of the World and is a great tourist attraction. Other tourist attractions that are feeling the adverse effects of the COVID 19 restrictions are the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi and its environs and the Amboseli National Park in Kajiado County.
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai