April 28, 2009

Fading Hoofed Animals In Mara

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:23 am

Populations of major wild grazing animals at the Maasai Mara National Reserve have ‘decreased substantially’ in only 15 years as they compete for survival with a growing concentration of human settlement, a new study has revealed. The study was analyzed by researchers at the Nairobi based international livestock research institute and led and funded by World wide fund for nature.

In the study it was revealed that a total of six species – Giraffes, Hartebeest, Impala, Warthogs,Topis and Waterbuck – declined markedly and persistently throughout the reserve. An analyis carried out indicate the losses were as high as 95% for giraffees, 80% for warthogs, 76% for hartebeest, and 67% for impala. These declines which were documented are supported by previous studies that have found dramatic drops in the reserve of once abundant wildebeest, gazelles and zebras.

Researchers  found the growing homan population has diminished the wild animal population by surping wildlife grazing territory for crop and livestock production to support their families. Some traditional farming cultures to the west and southwest of the mara continue to hunt wildlife inside the Mara Reserve, which is illegal, for food and profit.

While not covered in their analysis, the researchers involved in the study are quick to point out that the Maasai’s transition to a more sedentary lifestyle has been driven partly by decades of policy neglect that left many Maasai with no choice but to abandon their more environmentally sustainable practice of grazing livestock over wide ex-panse of grasslands.

April 27, 2009

East Africa loses Allure For The Long-Haul Tourists

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:45 am

The white sandy beaches,wildlife and tropical climate of East Africa are losing their attraction for long distance visitors facing recession and unemployment as a result of global financial crisis.To the Europeans and North Americans,it is a remote and expensive destination,and one of the first to be dropped from holiday itineraries when money is tight.

Tourism is Kenya’s third -biggest earner of foreign exchange,behind horticulture and tea,and economists fear falling visitor numbers as a result of the downturn will hit earnings and damage local firms that provides jobs and keep people out of poverty.Tourism was also affected by the post election violence a year ago where many tourists postponed or even canceled their trip to Kenya where we suffered a loss of 30.5 percent to 729,000.

Aggressive marketing at home and abroad has failed to stem the slide in the face of the world economic slowdown.Kenya’s largest group of holiday makers 42.3percent comes from Europe but this fell by 46.7 percent,thus making Kenya to cut the tourist visa fee to try to defend it’s market share

April 24, 2009

Global Crunch Hits Kenya’s Tourism

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:13 am

The number of tourist visiting Kenya this year went down after the election violence and the experienced global crunch where most hotels have recorded low bookings .Most potential foreign tourists are reportedly scouting for cheaper destinations as the economic crisis takes its toll, the latest World Travel Market (WTM) has discovered.

According to the WTM , nearly 65 per cent of tourists are now considering cheaper holiday destinations for the next 12 months in a bid to beat the crunch.Close to 65 per cent of many tourists will be switching to cheaper holiday destinations over the next 12 months so as to beat the crunch.

It was reported that the credit crunch was an indicator that the development of tourism would continue to be driven by the attitudes of consumers in the source markets.This might be true as local tour operators said recently that the financial crunch had continued to sink its teeth into the world economies, forcing consumers to resort to scouting for affordable destinations.

It is high time for Kenyan authorities to read the signs of the times by hatching a plan such as to lower its entry fees to its national parks in order to get a share from tourists who are shifting goals.Our disadvantage is that our products seem to be expensive even in the wake of the global economic slowdown, yet we don`t have a national carrier all these factors will deny us to tape our share on the global tourism market.

Nearly 60 per cent of total travel package normally goes to air tickets, which means Kenya, with no airline, loses over half of its revenue to international airlines, he noted.Other mitigation should be to lower landing fees and ground handling charges for tourists and international flights during the recession period so as to attract tourists.(Guardian)

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