Kisumu hotels fully booked
Hotels in Kisumu have registered high bookings ahead of the visit of former United States of America (USA) President, Barrack Obama.
A spot check carried out by KNA revealed that most high end hotels in the area were fully booked.
Obama is expected to arrive in Nairobi on 15th July where he will hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta before proceeding to his ancestral home in Kogelo, Siaya County on Monday.
The plane carrying Obama is expected to touch down at Kisumu International Airport (KIA) on Monday morning from where he shall be received by Kisumu County Governor, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o and family members.
Obama will hold a brief meeting with Prof. Nyong’o at the airport then proceed to Kegelo for a family event.
According to Kisumu County Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathews Owili, Obama and his delegation will return to the airport on Monday evening from where he will fly directly to South Africa.
Dr. Owili said the visit has ignited excitement in the region, adding that history was in the making since Obama’s flight to South Africa will be the first international flight from Kisumu International Airport years after it was inaugurated.
“His choice to make a stop in Kisumu is a clear testimony that indeed Kisumu is a globally preferred destination,” he said.
The Deputy Governor urged investors and entrepreneurs to turn up in large numbers to receive the former president at the same time mingle with his delegation who are mostly investors with a view of promoting the region as an investment hub.
The Tourism, Sports, culture and heritage County Executive Committee (CEC) Member, Achi Alai even though the visit was fairly a private affair, arrangements have been made to ensure the locals feel part of it.
Alai said big screens shall be mounted at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds in Kisumu city and several hotels within the area to enable the locals follow the proceedings of the historic visit.
By Chris Mahandara