Tourism contributes immensely to the economy of East African countries. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Report, travel and tourism activities in Kenya accounted for 399,000 employment opportunities in 2016. Indirectly, this industry contributed to over 1m jobs in Kenya. In Tanzania, the report about Tanzania notes, in 2016, travel and tourism contributed to 1,389,000 jobs whether directly or indirectly.
The oldest hotels in Eastern Africa were built by white settlers, merchants or by the government. When comparing over 30 of these old hotels, in addition to iconic structures, the location also stands out. Certainly, one of the reasons for the choice of location was the view. For example, Mount Kenya Safari Club is within Mount Kenya, and Grogan’s Castle has a spectacular view of attractions in and around Tsavo Park.
Some East Africans live on less than a dollar a day. Some live in tin shacks with no running water or a toilet. Some East African children have to live in orphanages because they are orphans or they don’t have immediate family members to take care of them. Clearly, there’s need to improve the living conditions of the underprivileged in this society. However, slum and orphanage tourism is not the solution.