Tour operators cancel trips to Kenya

Package holidays cancelled

Travel Insurance News - 29/01/2008

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Four of the UK's leading holiday companies have cancelled trips to Kenya. Although the Foreign Office has changed its travel advice, Thomas Cook, First Choice, Thomson and My Travel have decided to scrap all trips to the African country. The companies have repatriated all its remaining customers and are offering alternative trips or full refunds.

Other tour operators, such as Kuoni, will expect their customers to pay a cancellation charge if they are unwilling to travel to Kenya. The Federation of Tour Operators has lifted its ban on holidays to Kenya, the body that represents Britain's largest tour operators, said that it was up to its members to make the decision on whether to continue with its trips or not. Jake Grieves Cook, a spokesman for the Kenya Tourism Federation, said that wildlife parks and tourist resorts remained unaffected by the political unrest. A statement issued on January 18th siad that in Nairobi the airports and main roads to hotels were open and secure. Schedualled flights were operating out of Nairobi. The Foreign Office would recommend that all people wishing to travel to Kenya should not attend any public gatherings or rallies even if they are advertised as peaceful. The FO also advised against all but essential travel to some areas in Kenya such as th Western and Nyanza provinces, Rift Valley province between Narok and Kitale, parts of Nairobi, Uhuru Park and Mombasa town.

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