Tourism Tattler - - SAFETY & SECURITY -

The Kenya Tourism Fed­er­a­tion Safety & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­tre (KTF-SCC) was es­tab­lished in 1998, and has since made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the drop in re­ported tourist re­lated in­ci­dents in the coun­try.

The SCC dis­sem­i­nates safety and se­cu­rity ad­vice to tourists and tourism op­er­a­tors, and co­or­di­nates timely and ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse dur­ing tourist re­lated in­ci­dents any­where in Kenya.

Through an ex­ten­sive net­work of tourism op­er­a­tors, KTF-SCC mon­i­tors the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on the tourism cir­cuits, and re­ceives alerts on any se­cu­rity in­ci­dents or con­cerns. Based on the alert, the SCC, through its ex­ten­sive com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­ity, which in­cludes an in­dus­try tele­phone con­tacts database, HF Ra­dio, email and so­cial me­dia, cir­cu­lates safety ad­vice to tourism op­er­a­tors, e.g. safe al­ter­na­tive routes, and, through es­tab­lished link­ages with the rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions such as Tourist Po­lice Unit, the Depart­ment of Tourism, Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice and air am­bu­lance ser­vice providers, ac­ti­vates timely re­sponse where needed, e.g. evac­u­a­tion of the af­fected to Hos­pi­tal or to safety. Dur­ing el­e­vated risk pe­ri­ods such as elec­tions or re­ported ter­ror­ism in­ci­dents, vig­i­lance is height­ened with more fre­quent alerts and ad­vice to safe­guard the in­dus­try.

Ow­ing to these mea­sures, Kenya is among the coun­tries that record the low­est rates of tourist re­lated in­ci­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Economic Fo­rum’s Travel & Tourism Com­pet­i­tive­ness In­dex Rank­ing for 2015, Kenya's safety and se­cu­rity pil­lar is ranked 131st glob­ally, although the coun­try has a global com­pet­i­tive­ness rank of 78th over­all and ranks 5th in the Sub-Sa­ha­ran region.

Although not tourism spe­cific, Num­beo ranks Kenya with a safety In­dex of 30.51 in its 2016 in­dices (crime lev­els lower than 20 are con­sid­ered to be very low, be­tween 20 and 40 as low, be­tween 40 and 60 as mod­er­ate, be­tween 60 and 80 as high and fi­nally crime lev­els higher than 80 as be­ing very high).

The KTF-SCC states the num­ber of re­ported tourist re­lated in­ci­dents in the first half of 2014 as be­ing just two, a 60% drop com­pared to a sim­i­lar pe­riod in 2013 when five in­ci­dents were re­ported. To­tal re­ported in­ci­dents in 2013 stood at seven, a 36.4% drop com­pared to eleven in­ci­dents re­ported in 2012. The to­tal num­ber of in­ci­dents re­ported for the four year pe­riod from 2010 to 2013 is re­ported as be­ing 81, a 70% drop com­pared to the four year pe­riod 1999 - 2002 im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of KTF-SCC, when a to­tal of 270 in­ci­dents were re­ported.

To en­sure ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing of tourism cir­cuits and to pro­vide timely as­sis­tance as the need arises, KTF-SCC is op­er­a­tional 24/7.

KTF-SCC also pro­vides tourists plan­ning to visit the coun­try with use­ful in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing re­quire­ments for travel to Kenya such as vac­ci­na­tions re­quired, visa re­quire­ments, safety ad­vise e.g. to book with li­censed travel op­er­a­tors that have mem­ber­ship with the re­spec­tive trade as­so­ci­a­tions as these are bound by set codes of ethics& stan­dards.

About KTF-SCC: The Kenya Tourism Fed­er­a­tion was formed by the pri­vate sec­tor in tourism in Kenya in 1996, and for­mally be­came op­er­a­tional in 1998 with the launch of the Safety & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Cen­ter (KTF-SCC).

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