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With tourism increasing, beach boys are more in Watamu

Hoteliers together: "We have to divide the good ones from the rotten apples"

10-03-2017 di redazione

Any positive effect has its downside, especially in Kenya.
This year tourism Watamu resumed marching in the right direction, that of a good number of appearances which lasted up to the present day, with charter companies who are thinking of extending up to Easter weekly flights, planned for now only until 31 March.
But with the return of compatriots on vacation on the white beaches of the most popular tourist locations in the country, the shoreline unfortunately became repopulated by people who have nothing to do with those who work to promote this destination and who knows the rules of a place resort.
In addition to beach operators who sell crafts or other products legally on the beaches, there are groups of improvised busybody who not only seek to impose their wares or their offers to the tourist, but attack him verbally till you drop.
In past years this had been identified by the tourism sector as one of the causes prinicipali of tourists complaints and their negative opinion on Kenya, which although always fascinates a lot.
"To date, nothing has changed - admits Tiritò Pasquale, owner of Jacaranda Resort - in front of the hotel Jacaranda Bay and one of the most beautiful stretches of coast of Africa, stationed characters that can not be called neither tour operators nor sympathetic passers . They elemosinari, tampinatori and in some cases live by their wits to the tourist damage. Unfortunately, our appeals to keep them away from the beaches were unsuccessful and now we ask again tighter controls and organization leading to have before people only hotel I do not disturb those who are on vacation. "
In the same opinion it is the owner of Lily Palm Resort, Rolando Canestrini: "In the past we did meetings, we asked collaboration, but some harmful elements continue to ruin the good work of many others."
A tip comes instead from those who seem to have solved the problem a few years ago.
"We currently have no more problems with the beach boys - says Guido Bertoni, GM Garoda Resort - we have empowered local operators, having taken note of similar projects been successful in Bamburi and Diani. We have those features divided into rule, cataloged all legitimate workers, empowered, are the first to exclude those who come to the beach with other intentions than those to sell something without exasperating possible customers. the creation of the market on the beach it is the proof. "
A system that could work in the rest of Watamu, if Italians hoteliers to unite.
"Of course - I continue Bertoni - I was on the location of my favorite resort, a little 'out of the center of Watamu. But the villages who have this problem should unite and try this method. Those who intend to work in a serious way, will helped and will have shorts and shirt that will distinguish. and in the end they will be the first to report those who do not want to follow these rules that are not only good for us, but to the entire tourism of the country and led to the image of Kenya in world ".

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