The county government of Kisumu has major plans to revive domestic tourism activities following four months of political tensions and demonstrations that saw many visitors keep away. Deputy Governor Mathews Owiti says at least 50 per cent of the county’s tourism potentials are under-developed.
“Kisumu is considered a strategically located entry point to the leading attraction sites in Kenya and East Africa, hence the need to give it deserving attention in terms of developing the existing attraction sites,” he said.
He said the county government is working on master plans aimed at boosting domestic tourism and aiding the county to identify with the top tourism destinations in the country. These include mapping, fencing and developing various tourist attraction sites as well as opening of access roads leading to the sites.
The deputy governor said they intend to open the beachfronts to create space for potential tourism investments such as high rated hotels and conferencing facilities. Owiti said the county government, in collaboration with other tourism stakeholders, is also preparing to set up a convention centre within the town as a way of enhancing hospitality business.
“We have a lot to offer as county in terms of tourism opportunities that if fully exploited can put Kisumu at the peak of tourism hub,” said Owili. Speaking to People Daily in his office, Owili said the county government would this financial year allocate sufficient funds towards improving domestic tourism.
Kisumu is home to some of the beautiful attraction sites such as Impala Sanctuary, legendary Luanda Magere rocks and the crying rocks of Kit Mikayi, which places it in better position to attract dozens of travellers for leisure activities.
Speaking separately, the county Tourism and Heritage director Thomas Ouko said they are working on modalities of listing and marketing the tourism potentials within the county as a circuit so as to improve their exploitation.