Kenya’s government on July 2, 2020, announced a reduction of national parks entry fees for both local and foreign visitors as a way to boost the economy that has deteriorated due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country early March this year.
According to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the reduction took effect as from Wednesday and it will last for one year whereby the tourism sector is expected to have recovered from the coronavirus crisis.
The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala announced the reduction in Nairobi saying that the slash to entry fees will definitely favour local and foreign visitors who have been hit by the coronavirus.
KWS urged Kenyans to take advantage of the reduced cost of entry to the parks and explore the country’s flora and fauna.
Film producers were also considered as the CS announced a 50 per cent cut off to the local and international film producers who film in parks and reserves, challenging them to market the country as an ideal tourist destination through their works of art.
Balala on the same advised investors in various parks and reserves to adhere to all set measures by the Ministry of Health and government authorities to contain the spread of Covid-19.
He added that those who visit wildlife parks like Lake Nakuru, Amboseli, Nairobi, Tsavo East and West National parks will have a 47 per cent reduction.
Most of the countries in the globe have reported losses in the tourism sector since the outbreak of the pandemic.
On June 29, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife revealed that the sector has incurred a loss of 85 billion shillings ($800 million) during the impact of Coronavirus.
Kenya has so far registered 7,188 Covid-19 infections, 154 deaths and 2,148 recoveries by Friday, July 3 according to the Ministry of Health in that country.