Kenya has made strides in recent years to boost tourism, one of its major industries and its main source of foreign exchange.
The industry had been hit hard in the past by events such as the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi and the negative travel advice from foreign governments that followed.
Yet from 2008 to 20011 tourist arrivals in Kenya climbed from approximately 1.2 million to 1.8 million, according to Kenyan government figures -- a 50 percent increase.
Tourism revenue doubled over the period from 53 billion Kenyan shillings ($600 million) to 98 billion shillings.
Safaris top attraction
For decades, wildlife safaris have been Kenya's top tourism draw.
Tsavo National Park is one of Africa's best places to see elephants, lions and leopards, as well as to witness the continent's famed wildebeest migration.
Kenya's Indian Ocean beach resorts are another big attraction, as is the dramatic landscape of cliffs and gorges in Hell's Gate National Park.
Despite the weekend attack and the city's generally edgy reputation, the cafes and nightlife of Nairobi also offer one of the liveliest slices of urban existence in Africa.
Risk of robbery
In general advice, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns against the risk of robbery in Nairobi and other large Kenyan cities, although it says foreigners aren't usually targeted.
Tourists should nonetheless avoid carrying large amounts of cash and wearing expensive jewelry, the FCO says.
The British government additionally advises against all but essential travel to within 60 kilometers of the Kenya-Somali border and to other pockets within Nairobi and Kenya more widely.