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Who profits off of Kenyan tourism sector?

I was going through airbnb, looking for a nice place to stay in Kenya. Preferably calm and atypical for a great experience and I was shocked by the amount of people from European descent owning most of the places I was interested in.

Cottages, treehouses, container homes, refurbished buses... I mean nothing against European people but if I'm travelling to Africa I would prefer to give my money to locals in order to transfer wealth rather to give it back... The problem is that I just don't want to rent a plain apartment for the entirety of my stay.

I feel like in french overseas territories where the tourism sector is totally owned by some Families and where natives are somewhat exploited for folkloric usage...
Its true lots of people of European descended people own a lot of property in nicer areas in Nairobi and Mombasa but im sure u can find a nice place in Nairobi or Mombasa owned by a local.

In places like Diani which probably has one of the top 3 beaches on the continent locals are for sure not gaining when it comes to tourism.

And locals dont benefit from tourism in most places Ive visited from Amboseli where there are Maasai people to Diani where there are coastal communities locals do get employed but doing mostly menial work and it doesnt pay much.

Kenya should stop focussing on mass tourism at least until it becomes more developed. I would say that Kenya needs to focus on African tourists (because they have the same income levels and wont distort prices to much) and high end tourism (charge higher fees for natl parks for non-Africans). For 2 -3 years tourism will drop but the end result will end up being better.

And I will say that u will find many Kenyans/Africans who agree with you but that shouldnt keep you from visiting Kenya.

  • I would recommend a day or 2 in Nairobi
  • 3 days in Diani
  • A day tour of Mombasa
  • A visit to either Maasai Mara or Amboseli National Park (I did a tour with Kudu Hills Safaris and it wont be cheap because u arent an EAC citizen but it'll be worth it)
 

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Thank you for your answer and advice! I will try my best to spend my money the right way. Those kind of travel are quite expensive and I really don't want to waste my earnings irresponsibly...
 

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Who profits off of Kenyan tourism sector?

I was going through airbnb, looking for a nice place to stay in Kenya. Preferably calm and atypical for a great experience and I was shocked by the amount of people from European descent owning most of the places I was interested in.

Cottages, treehouses, container homes, refurbished buses... I mean nothing against European people but if I'm travelling to Africa I would prefer to give my money to locals in order to transfer wealth rather to give it back... The problem is that I just don't want to rent a plain apartment for the entirety of my stay.

I feel like in french overseas territories where the tourism sector is totally owned by some Families and where natives are somewhat exploited for folkloric usage...
If you look at the wider tourism sector all Kenyans from all descents benefit including in ownership and employment. Infact most big hotels in Kenya are owned Kenyans of black and asian descent, very few owned by whites.

However, there are of cultural and historical factors that will affect you finding airbnb to your taste owned by black africans. Few rich africans let their houses for airbnb. This people are very rich and they will not be bothered to open a new income stream through airbnb. To them that is small money. Most want the house exclusive for their family and not strangers. This is because most of these wealthy Kenyans are old and for them airbnb is strange concept.

The smaller less cooler apartments in Nairobi and Mombasa(and their environs) are owned by young Kenyans still working hard ("Hustling") to exploit new emerging income streams. Some younger Kenyans also run airbnb on behalf of other owners(e.g parents/relatives) who are not suave in technology.

For the ones owned by whites, this are those who benefited from inheritance coming down from generations that grabbed land during colonial period. They own land, farms and other properties. They have linkages with Europe meaning they can stay partly here in Kenya and Europe depending on need or convenience. Most rely on their property to generate money for them e.g. airbnbs in coast and up-country areas, mid size tourist lodges in remote parks and farming. Because this group travel a-lot, the idea of airbnb is not strange to them in-fact majority where doing so even before airbnb became popular by offering their houses to friends/relatives and other tourists from Europe while touring Kenya.
 

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@sleekpiano : I get it. Your intervention was very humbling. I guess it must be the first step when someone from the northern hemisphere is planning to travel to Africa. I must leave some of my desires second plan.
Thank you man.
 

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Good idea! I can see how a weekend excursion could translate to a popular tourist circuit.

... The Nairobi Railway Museum has three steam locomotives which require only modest attention to return them to working order.

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I was much encouraged to read the report on the reopening of the Thika-Nanyuki railway.
The great economic and environmental benefits of this asset, sadly neglected in recent years, were set out very clearly, but one aspect was missing.
This scenic line, terminating in the vicinity of Mount Kenya, also has the potential to add an exciting new dimension to Kenya's tourist appeal in an increasingly competitive market.
The Nairobi Railway Museum has three steam locomotives which require only modest attention to return them to working order.
It requires little imagination to realise that trains hauled by these heritage locomotives, with the added attraction of dramatic scenery and nearby game reserves, would have great appeal like demonstrated in South Africa.
With a revitalised KRC back in control, and with a government that is determined to restore this national asset, it should not be difficult to find and partner with entrepreneurs who could open up a whole new area of tourism for Kenyans and international visitors.
 

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Naomi Campbell has been coming to the Kenyan coast for decades. Including some Italian billionaires. We have just been asleep....

But what can Naomi offer? If she can use her contacts and she arranges a big extravagant fashion show in Kenya with all top global designers and as well have Kenyan designers get a stage then the benefits would be immense.

Then we fix some dummy laws on movie production and we can lure Hollywood like big stars like Tom Cruise and they shoot a movie. Which I have a great idea about set in 1939 and a pilot who crashes in the wilderness and struggles to survive

And slowly build reputation. Then we go after black youtubers with between 500,000 - 1M plus subscribers and we arrange extremely cheap and affordable tour packages that go from Nature Walks in the Kakamega Forest, Typical Maasai Mara, Off-Roading around Lake Turkana, Horseback Riding in Chyulu Hills, Mointain Climbing and as well high altitude fishing and finally deep sea adventure, diving at the Kenyan Coast with a side of skydiving.
 

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Naomi Campbell has been coming to the Kenyan coast for decades. Including some Italian billionaires. We have just been asleep....

But what can Naomi offer? If she can use her contacts and she arranges a big extravagant fashion show in Kenya with all top global designers and as well have Kenyan designers get a stage then the benefits would be immense.

Then we fix some dummy laws on movie production and we can lure Hollywood like big stars like Tom Cruise and they shoot a movie. Which I have a great idea about set in 1939 and a pilot who crashes in the wilderness and struggles to survive

And slowly build reputation. Then we go after black youtubers with between 500,000 - 1M plus subscribers and we arrange extremely cheap and affordable tour packages that go from Nature Walks in the Kakamega Forest, Typical Maasai Mara, Off-Roading around Lake Turkana, Horseback Riding in Chyulu Hills, Mointain Climbing and as well high altitude fishing and finally deep sea adventure, diving at the Kenyan Coast with a side of skydiving.
Adama, you need to make some of these happen man! Some of us out here sometimes see those low hanging fruits that most on the ground don't.
 

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Inside Naomi Campbell's Luxury Villa In Kenya


May be she is now beginning to grow into the role. My wife pointed this out to me by the way. She never hangs around SSC and I barely if ever visit some of the social sites she likes. The above showed up all over those social media sites. So may be Naomi will get a new audience to start looking at Kenya​
 

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ENDANGERED SPECIES | 2021 | Thriller Action movie shot in Amboseli-Kenya. COMING SOON..........​
 

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ENDANGERED SPECIES | 2021 |


ENDANGERED SPECIES | 2021 | Thriller Action movie shot in Amboseli-Kenya. COMING SOON..........​

It is so annoying how Hollywood generalizes Africa. every other second "Africa, Africa"...Seriously, will it hurt if you mention Kenya in the trailer? Like people are going to die because they won't be able to find kenya on a map! SMH
 

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It is so annoying how Hollywood generalizes Africa. every other second "Africa, Africa"...Seriously, will it hurt if you mention Kenya in the trailer? Like people are going to die because they won't be able to find kenya on a map! SMH
I agree.If it is Gambia say Gambia or Kenya,Cameroon,Rwanda,Chad,Mozambique and so on.Not every country has safari as is assumed and there are more than a dozen with safari so when you say Africa what fo you mean?
 

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I agree, it is irritating. For example when ebola was raging in west Africa, Kenya is further from Nigeria that London is so technically we were safer than Brits although we were all put in the same basket.
On the contrary, we do say I'm visiting "America" when we mean USA. Brazil is technically in America:)
 

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I agree, it is irritating. For example when ebola was raging in west Africa, Kenya is further from Nigeria that London is so technically we were safer than Brits although we were all put in the same basket.
On the contrary, we do say I'm visiting "America" when we mean USA. Brazil is technically in America:)
This is a tactic to confuse and undermine Africans. By fooling audiences into believing Africa is a single country instead of a continent. This embellishes the image that Africa is the same and has no identity. Building to the same old age stereotypes that Africa is wilderness with a lot of poor people and crazed animals.
 

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I am hoping the new TZ KEN rekindled neighbourliness will extend to - Kenyan tour operators accessing the serengeti and other parks in TZ. The CS of tourism should have been given 2 weeks to figure out that situation
 
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