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Kenya and Canada

11 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 19 May 2014

Two stories of sectors which might seem in decline - and the workers who'd love to pull them out of the doldrums. At the Diani beach resort, Rob Crossan asks why Kenya's coastal tourism industry was already slumping even before international security alerts last week. Along the country's coastline, the ocean, the beaches and the hospitality are all palatial, but the visitors just aren't there. What can be done to bring them back? In the decidedly cooler climes of Ottawa, picking her way through snow-bound back alleys rather than golden sand dunes, Sian Griffiths joins a Canadian postwoman on what might be one of her last rounds. Like national letter-carriers across the world, Canada Post argues that its business is shrinking, so its workforce must too; it's also bringing in new ways of working, which recommend large local drop-offs at a central postbox, rather than door-to-door deliveries. But post workers and customers alike are worried that without a reassuring and personal presence of a visiting postie every day, some emergencies might go unnoticed.
Presenter: Pascale Harter
Producer: Polly Hope

Photo : Photo taken in March 2013 of a group of tourists taking a traditional Kenyan sailing boat on an ocean cruise off Bamburi beach in the city of Mombasa.(Ivan Lieman/AFP/Getty Images)



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