Like phoenix, Lamu tourism sector rises
We have no doubt in our minds the sector has resurrected – official Ghalib Alwy
The tourism sector in Lamu is showing strong signs of revival, a tourism official has said.
Lamu Tourism Board deputy chairman Ghalib Alwy yesterday said 50,000 local and foreign tourists visited the county for the recent 16th Lamu Cultural Festival.
Alwy said tourists are regaining confidence in the county. He said many people are building homes. Alwy praised the national government for improving security.
He said Operation Linda Boni helped restore calm.
“We have no doubt in our minds the tourism sector has resurrected. It’s a new dawn for us. If you compare the number of tourists this year to previ- ous years, you will see there has been a significant increase. Our hotels are receiving guests from Germany, the UK, France, the US and Switzerland,” Alwy said.
Acting Tourism executive Kaviha Khamis said the county will organise more festivals to market it.
The sector took a hit after the 2014 al Shabaab attacks that killed more than 60 people. Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed in Mpeketoni, Kibaoni, Witu and Hindi.
The attacks were carried out between June 15 and 17. On June 15 masked gunmen hijacked a van and raided a police station in the predominantly Christian town of Mpeketoni.
More than 50 people were killed. On June 17, assailants set fire to houses in the villages of Majembeni and Poromoko, near Mpeketoni. At least 15 people were killed in the overnight attack.