Thursday, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala announced that he had reduced park entry fees by half. The decision would enhance local tourism during the covid-19 pandemic.
Additionally, Lodge owners will receive a one-year moratorium. The CS was speaking at the Kenya Wild Services (KWS) in Nairobi. Filmmakers shooting documentaries will also pay half the price for shooting documentaries.
The new charges will commence beginning July 1, 2020, until June 30, 2021. It will apply to both international and local tourists visiting reserves and parks managed by KWS.
“Because of the harsh economic turmoil brought to the tourism and wildlife sector by the covid-19 pandemic, we have reduced entry fees to all wildlife parks and game reserves by 50 percent. This will apply to both international and local tourists beginning July 2020, for one year,” stated Mr. Balala.
Due to the adverse effects of #covid19 to the tourism and wildlife sector. We have reduced entry fees to all @kwskenya game parks & reserves to 50%. This will apply for all categories of tourists (local, residents & international), effective July 1, 2020 for one year. #wildlifeke pic.twitter.com/NJ6tvAmQkR
— Najib Balala (@tunajibu) July 2, 2020
Previously, Kenyans paid Ksh 300 entry park fees, but now they will pay ksh 150. The CS further urged Kenyans to take advantage of the reduced prices to enjoy the flora and fauna the country has to offer.
Additionally, he requested lodge owners to use the moratorium money to upgrade their facilities. They would also with KWS to promote Kenya’s tourism sector abroad.
The covid-19 pandemic has affected the tourism sector significantly following the containment put across by the government to curb the epidemic.
As the number of visitors reduced, most hotels scaled down or stopped their operations.