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Tourism and the Covid Crisis

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!!

  1. Provide liquidity and protect jobs.
  2. Recover confidence through safety & security.
  3. Public-private collaboration for an efficient reopening.
  4. Open borders with responsibility.
  5. Harmonize and coordinate protocols & procedures.
  6. Added value jobs through new technologies.
  7. 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 tourismlaikipia@laikipia.org

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