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BOOST TO TOURISM AS STAKEHOLDERS MEET

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The Council of Governor’s Tourism and Wildlife Committee held a consultative forum from 29th- 31st January 2018 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi. The forum provided the County Executive Committee Members (CECs) and County Directors a platform to learn, understand and seek opportunities on how the County Governments can boost tourism. The three day forum brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Tourism led by the Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala, PS Tourism Ms. Fatuma Hirsi and PS Wildlife Dr. Margaret Mwakima, H.E. Samuel Ole Tunai, Chairman of the COG Sectorial Committee on Tourism and Governor of Narok County, CECs in charge of Tourism, County Directors in charge of Tourism and other stakeholders including Tourism Regulatory Authority, Tourism Finance Corporation, Tourism Fund, Kenya Wildlife Services among others. Tourism is a shared function as provided in forth schedule of the Constitution id Kenya 2010.
“The National Government is responsible for developing policies on tourism as well as the protection of animals and wildlife, while County Governments are tasked to deal with cultural activities, public entertainment and public amenities which include museums, sports and cultural activities as well as county parks, beaches and recreational facilities,” pointed out H.E Tunai.
In delivering their Mandate, the Chairman of the Council of Governor’s Tourism Committee urged County Governments not to hesitate to seek the support of the Council of Governors. The Committee was constituted to handle all the matters relating to Tourism and Wildlife Management, tourism being a significant sector and a driver of Kenya’s economic development as an Economic Pillar of Vision 2030. H.E Governor Tunai emphasized on the need to use social media in marketing Kenya globally due to its wide reach, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The Chairman further urged counties to develop County budget proposals that will increase their allocations towards tourism in their counties, come up with plans to develop tourism products and establish mechanisms to curb rampant cases of human-wildlife conflicts. The consultative forum also incorporated presentations and group work sessions among the participants.

The Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala closed the forum and encouraged the County Governments to re-package their tourism products. He assured County Governments that the Ministry of Tourism is ready to work together with the Counties to help them towards increasing numbers for both local and international tourism.

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