Six-day work­shop looks for ways of re­vi­tal­isng tourism

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The Tourism min­istry is de­vel­op­ing the Na­tional Tourism Strat­egy 2030 to guide the de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment of the sec­tor. Tourism PS Fa­tuma Hirsi (pic­tured) said the strat­egy will en­sure the sec­tor is man­aged sus­tain­ably.

She was speak­ing in Garissa town on Wed­nes­day, when she opened a six­day work­shop for North­east­ern tourism stake­hold­ers. The min­istry plans to roll out the work­shops in all the 47 coun­ties to re­vi­talise the sec­tor.

Hirsi said the min­istry will reach out to the coun­ties for their in­put on the best ways to man­age tourism. She said North­east­ern has the po­ten­tial to at­tract tourists be­cause of its unique sites.

“The re­gion is home to a num­ber of wild an­i­mals, has rich and di­verse cul­ture and his­tor­i­cal sites,” she said. Hirsi said tourism is a frag­ile sec­tor that only thrives in a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment. The PS said it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery Kenyan to make the coun­try safe.

“Tourism has in the re­cent past faced se­cu­rity chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with ter­ror­ism and other crimes. These in­ci­dents have cast a dark shadow on our coun­try, more so in this re­gion as a tourism des­ti­na­tion,” she said.

Hirsi said with im­proved se­cu­rity, tourism has greatly re­cov­ered and has the po­ten­tial to do bet­ter. She said she has been en­cour­aged by the es­tab­lish­ment of com­mu­nity con­ser­van­cies be­cause of the res­i­dents’ will­ing­ness to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment for sus­tain­abil­ity.

Hirsi said the suc­cess of the Laps­set project will in­crease tourism earn­ings and ben­e­fit lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

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