STATE HOUSE SUMMIT HELD IN MOMBASA
T ourism stakeholders in the Coast were treated to a one- day summit that brought together a large number of them at the Mombasa State House.
The summit brought together the private sector, government and other groups.
Being the first time the event was held outside Mombasa, it promised the tourism industry a lot of goodies, one of them being improving the state of hotels in the county.
The host, Tourism CS Najib Balala, promised hoteliers of the government putting aside Sh10 billion to rehabilitate hotels.
Balala told the hoteliers that talks with African Development Bank are ongoing to make the rehalitation a success.
He, however, informed them that whoever qualifies will be pay back the money at an interest of five to six per cent.
Among those who attended the summit included KPA, which was represented by the managing director Catherine Muturi, KPLC managing director Ben, chairman Marsden
Madoka, among others. Balala said Kenya should market the Coast as the Swahili Riviera, with sub-tropical climate and vegetation.
Heritage Group of Hotels CEO Mohamed Hersi said Kenya and the African governments should play a greater role in promoting tourism and conserving the environment.
1. Tourism CS Najib Balala with British High Commissioner Nic Hailey.
2. Heritage Hotels CEO Mohamed Hersi. 3. Sarova Whitesands MD Jaideep Vohra, Perak trustee Walter Reif and Ambassador Mwakai Soi.
4. KPA MD Catherine Muturi, Chamber of Commerce chair James Mureu and TMEA county director Ahmed Farah.
5. OC Tourist Police Unit Jostine Barmao, TRI chair Betty Radier and KWS Complex chair Lucy Karume.
6. KPLC managing director Ben Chumo, KPA chairman Marsden Madoka and Narok Governor Samuel Tunai.