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Lamu’s tourism businesses will be getting the proverbial shot in the arm after Go Places, as part of their CSR activities, short for Corporate Social Responsibility, has announced they will support the Lamu Tourism Association in marketing the town’s tourism attractions.
After being slapped by the UK with what can best be described as a prohibition order, for UK nationals not to travel to the area, the tourist arrivals have tumbled and resorts and other businesses depending on tourism have taken financial beating. A curfew order given by Kenya’s Inspector General of Police, himself a very controversial figure, has added to the woes of Lamu as it prevents tourists from freely moving about the ancient town and frequenting restaurants after dark.
It is hoped that the support from Go Places will boost business and help to promote travel to Lamu, especially in the run up to the annual Lamu Cultural Festival which this year takes place between 27th and 30th November.
“Go Places has launched a new and unique CSR initiative that is aimed at enabling hospitality establishments enhance operations and mitigate losses experienced during the low season in the country’s tourism calendar.
Among the first organizations to benefit from this initiative is the Lamu Tourism Association (LTA): whereby Go Places will for a period of six months promote LTA members by including a comprehensive listing of their various accommodation properties in the new Go Places Booking website
The newly unveiled Go Places Booking website is an all-encompassing online portal enabling fast and easy bookings and reservations for restaurants, conferencing, accommodation, various discounts, travel and entertainment.”
Lamu is one of Kenya’s ancient towns which has changed little through the modern times and visitors can see the classic Swahili buildings and often intricate architectural features, the large carved ornamental doors, observe dhows – local sailing ships with their trademark triangular sail – being built by hand with wood the main material or watch Lamu chests and wall decorations being carved and inlaid with copper and other materials, all part of an age old tradition.

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