Lamu Cultural Festival to be a boon to county’s tourism
Lamu Women Representative Ruweida Obo has expressed optimism that 2017’s Lamu Cultural Festival will prove the county’s resilience as a favourable tourism destination despite insecurity fears arising from Al-Shabaab attacks.
Speaking to KNA Thursday during the preparations of the festival in Lamu Island, the legislator stated that so far turn out has been favourable especially with regards to rise in domestic tourist numbers.
“Clearly, the on and off attacks in certain parts of Lamu, has not dented the county’s appeal as a favourable tourist destination especially now with an increased number of domestic tourist numbers,” Ruweida stated.
She further said that the festival will also improve the economy of Lamu, which is largely dependent on fishing and tourism.
Her sentiments were reiterated by Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo who stated that the festival has been guaranteed adequate security.
He also said that the festival could help uplift the economy of Lamu which has also been ravaged by 2016’s drought.
Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha who also spoke to KNA stated that the county government is committed to ensuring that the festival is a success.
He added that despite the county’s budgetary constraints, his administration has contributed at least half of the Sh. 8.4 million budget with sponsors from various embassies and companies contributing the rest.
By Amenya Ochieng