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Council of Governors celebrates world tourism day in Kisumu County

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The Council of Governors joined Kisumu County in celebrating World Tourism Day. In attendance was Festus Omariba, Head of Tourism Committee who was representing the CEO, Council of Governors Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni.
Speaking during the event, Mr Omariba stated that the Council of Governors recognizes the role County Governments have in county Tourism product development, county tourism planning, county tourism product diversification and the overall destination marketing in liaison with the relevant stakeholders. He noted that the Council of Governors through its Tourism and Wildlife Committee embraces the participation all stakeholder in the sector and reaffirmed its commitment to catalyse growth of the sector and ensure sustainable tourism growth. The United Nations World Tourism Organization celebrates World Tourism Day internationally on the 27th of September every year and this year it was held in Kisumu County by the theme was ‘Sustainable Tourism – A tool for development.’ The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. Kenya is a member of the UNWTO and it celebrates this event to express its commitment to the development of the tourism sector, and the same is replicated in counties.
The event started with a street procession from the Kisumu County Offices through Lwang’ni beach, Oile park and to the Kisumu National Museum where the event was officially opened by the Deputy Governor of Kisumu County H.E DR. Mathew Owili. During his remarks, he stated that Kisumu County has partnered with other counties to form a regional block, a move meant to boost the economic potential brought through proper investments in infrastructure and that the County Government is spearheading programs and supporting initiatives that help to market the lakeside city as a top tourist destination.
Present also during the event was the Deputy Governor Siaya County; H.E James Okumbe Ouko. Kisumu County hosted the event in collaboration with other stakeholders which included UN- Habitat, The Council of Governors, Tourism Regulatory Authority, Tourism Fund, Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya Utalii College, Kisumu county Government, National Museums of Kenya Kenya, Maseno University School of Tourism and Hospitality Lake Basin Authority Kenya Maritime Authority, Lake Basin Tourism Association, Kenya Community based Tourism Network (KECOBAT). Other activities of the day included; Town clean up exercise, tree planting, tourist’s attractions sites visits to the Kisumu National Museum, Dunga Beach, Impala Eco- Lodge and entertainment from cultural performances. The Council of Governors reaffirmed its commitment to catalyse the growth of the sector and ensure sustainable tourism growth which can be achieved by identification and designing of appropriate inter-county safari circuits and opening up the county to potential investors in the sector.

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