30 January 2009
Kenya makes it into the top ten cheapest destinations
Thanks to the Post Office, UK travellers have been shown how to keep their holidays exotic and cheap during this year's incumbent recession, reports Travelmole.
After years of being one of Kenya's largest tourist markets, during 2008, British travellers started to waver their interest in the East African nation.
This year, however, they are being encouraged to pick up their act again and take advantage of the strong pound (against the Kenyan shilling), discounted hotels and flights, and low tourist costs in Kenya before they miss the boat.
Kenya has made it into this year's top ten cheapest destination to travel, according to calculations from First Rate Exchange Services (First Rate), the money exchange provider for the Post Office.
Kenya is currently bouncing back from a struggling year for tourism last year; after a small and immediately contained period of unrest in a pocket of Kenya, the country suffered from a massive down period in what has become one of its biggest export earners.
Despite 2008's lag, tourism operators have high-hopes that 2009 will see a return of Kenya's usual tourism buzz, with warm smiles, unmatched hospitality, unique cultural experiences and the Big Five waiting to give travellers something to write home about.
Nationals from the USA and the European Union need to apply for a 90-day temporary Kenyan visa to visit the country. Although visitors from these countries can buy temporary visas at the port of entry to Kenya, applying before travelling to the country is recommended to avoid the risk of being denied a visa, as some applications can be rejected at customs.
The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Kenya visa and immigration services.