U.S. and European travel advisories have potential to cause havoc in emerging economies heavily reliant on tourism. Someone neutral needs to fact-check the advisories better.
The recent travel advisory issued by the US embassy in Kenya warning its citizens against visiting the country’s coastal towns and tourism hub of Mombasa among other areas, is affecting Tanzania as well. The Chairman of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Mr Leopold Kabendera, pointed out that to most foreigners Africa seems to be a single state and when the US warned of terror attacks in Mombasa, tourists will believe that Tanzania is also not safe.
Tanzania recorded over 960,000 tourists last year and the country was intending to surpass the 1 million tourists’ traffic mark this year, but following the recent “Mombasa” advisory and the ongoing “Al-Shabaab” bombings in Kenya, experts here fear the worst.