TOURISM-KILIFI-COUNTY

Tourism stakeholders in Watamu wants the government to beef up security in the beaches to enable tourists enjoy their holidays freely in the wake of terrorism in the country.

They said most tourists fear to move freely in the beaches because of the insecurity issues that have affected the country hence reduce their movements within the county.

Pietro Marsella from the Jacaranda group of hotels in charge of marketing in Rome office Italy said the feedback from tourists shows they are worried and fear what happened in Tunisia when gun man shot at tourists indiscriminately in the beach could happen to the region.

Speaking at Jacaranda resort he noted that the issue of terrorism was a major concern all over the world and Kenya cannot be left out since it experienced many terror attacks.

“What happened in Tunisia beach, somebody dressed like a boat operator took off his umbrella  and started shooting people indiscriminately, over 40 tourists were killed , that attack has frightened a lot of tourists,’’ he said.

Currently he said the security presence has not been felt as they normally came in small numbers and without uniforms to target beach operators.

“We fear risking our lives,” he said.

Marsella said its time security personnel in uniformed were dispatched to patrol the beaches through pout and take action on any suspicious character.

At the same time he said the county government needs to come up with policies to regulate the number of beach operators in the beaches.

“Those who shall be operating in the beaches should have proper structures, with identity cards, uniforms to enable tourists recognize them easily,’’ he said.

He said terrorists could easily take advantage of the beach operators to come and execute innocent tourists.

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