There are many factors affecting the demand for hospitality or tourism in a country. In this paper, I chose to look into how politics as one of the elements can affect the tourism sector in a country. Tourism plays a major role in any political grounds of any nation in the globe. When people travel away from their home to other destinations, the political climate in those areas tends to affect their stay. The article looks into the political climate in Kenya and how it has affected the tourism sector in the past years. Looking at the tourism sector of Kenya, it has been believed to have a vibrant tourism industry and has been considered to be as one of the ultimate tourism destinations in Africa (Valle, Elisabeth, and Mark 440). This is mainly attributed to its numerous national parks, game drives, and white sand beaches.
The article looks into the political issues that may have affected the tourism sector in Kenya. One of the major issue discussed is conflicts arising from disagreements of the polls. For instance, there have been disagreements over the presidential results over the years which have resulted in tribal clashes in some parts of the country. This includes parts such as the Rift valley, Nyanza and Coastal region. This region is one of the major tourist attraction sites, the sector has since been affected and has earned the government a little income (Valle, Elisabeth, and Mark 550). From the political situation in Kenya, it’s therefore important to note that, politics is a determining factor in the tourism industry as it determines the flow of both domestic and international tourism.
Valle, Elisabeth, and Mark Nelson Yobesia. “Economic Contribution of Tourism in Kenya.” Tourism Analysis, vol. 14, no. 3, 2009, pp. 401–414., doi:10.3727/108354209789704986