Nairobi, July 1 -- For many years, Kenya's tourism industry has relied on foreign travellers, offering only beach and Safari experiences to grow its revenues. However, with the outbreak of Covid-19, travel restrictions mean that hotels are now vacant, leading to losses in excess of Sh80 billion, not to mention thousands of jobless workers.

This period provides a valuable benchmark on how reliance on the international market can bring an industry to a halt, and it should start conversations on future tourism decisions.

It is time to look beyond the big five, the wilderness and foreign visitors, and seriously woo domestic as well as regional tourists.

But this can only happen if hoteliers start treating Kenyan and African vacationers right...