How many tourism revival webinars have you been attending? What’s really possible within the next two months? Six months? And Longer?
In the Laikipia landscape, this is what’s at risk – jobs and conservation; jobs and community projects; jobs and taxes, permits and levies; jobs and a host of food and service (e.g. transport) value chains; and jobs and families and basic service payments; and jobs and remittances.
There are several points of light that might help us understand next steps:
- The Government has formed a task force to examine ways in which we can move forward. As with many national efforts, their comments tend to focus on a grander scale that we use in the Laikipia landscape. Here’s the task force and the decree.
- There are KSH 2 Billion set aside for the industry’s revival. 1 Billion is expected to be released as soft-loans. To whom and for how much is unclear. But that pot of money is to be managed by the Tourism Finance Corporation.
- Guidelines, protocols and preparedness – The Government Task Force is expected to lead the preparation of guidelines for phased reopening of the sector. The @LaikipiaTourism Association is working with KTB to help develop the protocols for different facilities and tourism services. Our diversity of tourism offerings and services demands a more nuanced and careful set of precautions and possibilities.
- The World Trade Organization has issued guidance in the form of global guidelines to open tourism. You can obtain a copy HERE.
Check out the international priorities for opening!! These are very similar to ours!!
- Provide liquidity and protect jobs.
- Recover confidence through safety & security.
- Public-private collaboration for an efficient reopening.
- Open borders with responsibility.
- Harmonize and coordinate protocols & procedures.
- Added value jobs through new technologies.
- Innovation and Sustainability as the new normal.
And check out the latest private sector guidance from KEPSA on getting back to business HERE
Got more ideas for Laikipia?? Perhaps a consortium approach to opening specific facilities and areas for Covid-free visits?
Contact the LTA for more information and to engage email@example.com