Revival of Tourism expected after President’s inauguration
Tourism Stakeholders in Malindi Sub County are optimistic that following the inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, the once vibrant tourism industry in the area would reclaim its lost fame.
Speaking to the press in Malindi on Wednesday, the Director of Rainbow villas, Paul Sawe said business has been low since 2013, only gaining momentum towards the end of 2015 and then going down again during the recent electioneering period.
“When I arrived in Malindi in 2012 tourism industry was good but it dropped in the subsequent years due to insecurity and the recent prolonged political campaigns, making foreign tourists to keep off,” he claimed.
Sawe added that since the country entered into political uncertainty, he has been receiving less than five foreign tourists per month.
Another businessman, Nickson Muramba echoed Sawe’s sentiments, adding that the presidency was an avid player in the tourism sector and concerted efforts must be put in place to revitalize the vital foreign exchange earner for the country’s economy.
“It is the duty of the state to allocate more resources for tourism marketing,” Muramba added.
By Onesmas Baraka/Simon Guruba