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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.

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