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Submitted by Shaun Mann on
Good blog Wolfgang. Thanks. I'm a HUGE fan of Kenya too. It's testament to the quality of the tourism raw materials in Kenya that despite the poor infrastructure, repeated safety and secuity incidents, and generally poor investment climate and sector-related governance, there is so much amazing and innovative tourism product on offer. Over the years, and I've been going to Kenya for nearly 50 of them, I've come across so many committed (to tourism and conservation) individuals who have expressed so much frustration at the lack of collective vision and action from the government. The symptom of this is the fragmentation that you point out in your blog. Most operators in the sector do their own thing and get on with it, despite the challenges they carve out their niche and make it work. Imagine if there was a common vision from the government that was supported by a solid and transparent legal and regulatory framework that safeguarded social and environmental issues while giving the private sector the space to invest and operate - you'd get the kind of results that Thailand, Egypt and South Africa have. The disconnect betwen the government and the private sector (and by the way, they are lot closer in terms of working together, than they were 10 years ago) is huge. There is no trust and little meaningful committment to work together toward a common vision. Ultimately the buck stops with the government. They make decisions about public investments in public goods such as roads and energy and water. They have the capacity make policy and provide a legal and regulatory environment that influences private sector behavior. The government has to create a stable platform that everyone can build from. As a Kenyan by birth, with also many relatives and friends working in the sector in Kenya, it's very sad for me to watch an economic opportunity like tourism slowly eroding and fragmenting even further.