Investors in luxury hotels have complained that young people who take tourists to the beach known as beach boys have become a big nuisance in the tourism industry.
In many beaches that attract many tourists, many young people who come out to do the activity try to establish friendship with the tourists but in the end they start begging for money while others hope to be taken abroad.
In the Watamu area, Kilifi County, many young people have learned the Italian language in order to put themselves in a better position to communicate with tourists, many of whom visit the area from Italy. Some hotels in Watamu beaches have had to put fences on the beaches to protect guests.
After a fire destroyed three hotels on Watamu beach last week, one of the investors whose hotel caught fire blamed lack of security as the cause of the incident, claiming the increase in young people on the beach may force investors to relocate their businesses from Kenya.
"It is sad that tourists who travel to Watamu to relax and have fun are not at peace because they are disturbed by young people on the beaches. We cannot sit and watch while our customers feel unsafe in our hotels," said Mr Franco Campazzo.
According to him, their complaints to security agencies about the lack of security at the beach are often ignored. The chairman of the Jacaranda Hotels company, Mr Pasquel Tirito, said they have to rely on the police from Watamu to patrol the area of their hotel, which is about six kilometers.
"It has been a challenge to ensure safety for tourists because of the long distance from Watamu police station to Jacaranda. We are at a loss as to what to do because the police patrol when they have a chance or they come in an emergency when we call them," said Mr Tirito.
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