Films to highlight tourism landscapes
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) will be working with local film makers in highlighting tourist attraction sites along the coast region.
KFCB Coast Regional Manager Bonaventure Kioko underscored the need to have cultural and tourism landscapes portrayed in films for posterity.
Kioko said it was imperative to use films and the creative industry to promote culture, heritage and screen tourism.
He said in an interview in Mombasa that films were the best way to promote and preserve a country’s cultural and tourism riches and advised players in the film industry to ensure their production is of high quality.
He said KFCB is committed to creating a conducive environment for people to showcase their talents and that what remains is commitment from the film industry.
“We want to encourage filmmakers to shoot films highlighting the cultural diversity and the scenic beaches at the coast,” he said.
He said filmmakers should embrace Kiswahili film productions saying Bongo films in Tanzania were gaining popularity in Kenya since they were produced in Swahili, a major lingua franca in the region.
The KFCB regional official hailed the annual Lamu Cultural Festival as promoting tourism, culture and peaceful co-existence in the Coastal County.
“Cultural festivals will open a window of opportunity for the counties to showcase their tourism attraction to holidaymakers,” he said.
Mr. Kioko urged the counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita-Taveta to emulate Lamu County in the diversification of the tourism economy.
“Through the cultural festivals, Lamu has been able to fully harness its tourism potentials,” he said.
Mr. Kioko warned youth against drug and substance abuse if they were to be productive in life. He said young people should avoid abusing hard drugs if they want to lead better lives.
By Silvia Njagi/Hussein Abdullahi