Escalating violence in Kenya has claimed one of its largest victims in the tourism industry yet – the hotel chain African Safari Club.
The chain has reportedly closed six out of ten of its hotels on the African coast due to cancellations by tourists concerned about post-election riots in Kenya.
The chain had previously issued a notice to customers saying it had increased security at its Kenyan beach destinations, which promote holidays showing the “real Africa” with safari programmes and beach holidays.
The closure has affected up to 700 staff, according to a report in the Sunday Standard.
The chain has also reduced its flight rotations with African Safari Air, which is the only registered international charter airline out of Mombasa.
It says it will monitor the situation and make changes as and if the need arises.
By Penny Jones