Kenya looks for economic peace dividend after calm vote
* Tourism seen as vital source of employment
* Kenya needs hydrocarbon, infrastructure investment
* Businesses put post-2007 vote violence behind them
* Corruption, red tape still hinder business
By Drazen Jorgic and Joseph Akwiri
NAIROBI/MOMBASA, Kenya, April 1 (Reuters) - Kenya's tourism industry may be a swift winner from the election of Uhuru Kenyatta, owner of hotels and a vast business empire, as east Africa's biggest economy seeks to benefit from a vote that avoided a re-run of bloodshed of five years ago.
Tourism is a vital sector for the nation of more than 40 million people and was one of the worst hit after a disputed presidential poll in December 2007 led to weeks of tribal blood-letting, scaring away investors and tourists by the planeload.
This time, a row over who won the vote was led by lawyers instead of armed thugs. A reformed judiciary that reviewed the case commands more respect than it ever did, a victory for the rule of law that could also lift business confidence.
As well as seeking more visitors, Kenya wants oil and gas investment to develop hydrocarbon discoveries, funds for a major new port planned in Lamu and other infrastructure, and investors to boost the nation's position as a regional manufacturing hub. Continued...