10 PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH TOURISM IN KENYA

Problems associated with tourism in Kenya
  • It encourages poaching as tourists demand for souvenirs in form of game trophies.
  • The presence of tourists encourages crimes as they attract criminals.




  • There is an increase in school drop-outs as children are enticed to leave school to show tourists around or to engage in illicit sexual behaviours with tourists.
  • It increases use of drug trafficking and abuse. Some of the tourist traffic drugs and encourage the youths to use and abuse drugs.
  • Tourism interferes with wildlife as tourists litter the parks – making wild animals to ingest the litter which changes their feeding habits.
  • Luxury goods are imported to provide for the needs of tourists’ hotel facilities. This drains the country of its foreign exchange.
  • Tourist facilities are developed at the expense of other development projects like roads, airstrips, health facilities, etc.
  • The presence of tourists can lead to moral degradation/decay and interfere with the societal fabrics




  • Most tourists pay for their upkeep abroad causing the country to lose some of its profits.
  • Some of the tourists could be agents to spread some diseases like the HIV/AIDS.

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