For tourists hoping to spend elongated stays in east African nations such as Kenya and Tanzania, the usage of a single visa is on course to become reality next year, according to Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.
With the East African Community (EAC) working tirelessly since 2005, there is renewed hope that a single visa can finally be launched after a series of infrastructure improvements and refurbishments that are now likely to supplement the initiative in making a breakthrough.
A single visa has been denied on previous occasions regarding restricting themes such as visa fees schedules, revenue sharing and the aforementioned shortfalls in infrastructure.
However, a series of significant upgrades such as the expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the launch of the enhanced Kisumu Airport will only serve as positive indicators in respect of Kenya’s new found modernity.
The enthusiasm surrounding the cross-border initiative – which will undoubtedly inject a shot in the arm for Kenya’s tourism industry – was summed up by Kenyatta who was speaking at the launch of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2013 in Nairobi last Friday.
“We are already working on a joint marketing strategy with other EAC members states in that when we market our Mara we also convince, the tourist to see the gorillas in Rwanda,” he said.
Other important factors as raised in Kenyatta’s speech included the fact that he envisaged more people stopping in Kenya for longer stays rather than short-term breaks while the government is aiming to attract a minimum of three million tourists every year.
Bespoke tours of Kenya can include the Masai Mara National Park, the marine reserves of Mombasa or the bustling inner suburbs of Nairobi.