Mutua promises revamp of local tourism industry
New Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Dr Alfred Mutua yesterday promised to revamp the industry after a meeting with stakeholders.
Mutua observed that tourism can earn the country more than it does currently if it is improved in ways that attract foreigners to Kenya.
“I want to engage all stakeholders in the industry in a bid to ensure that we revamp the tourism industry because the country should be earning more than it does currently,” said Mutua.
Availing his plans to improve the industry, Mutua held consultation and agreements with various stakeholders in a luncheon yesterday at the Kenya International Covent Centre (KICC) to discuss the way forward for the tourism industry.
He announced major shifts that will be experienced in the tourism industry during his regime as cabinet secretary. He seeks to see marketing of tourism destinations in order to increase the number of tourists visiting the country each year.
Accompanied by the Principal Secretary for the Kenya Wildlife Service Silvia Museiya and Senator for Uasin Gishu county Jackson Mandago among other stakeholders, Mutua also urged the tourism stakeholders to come up with ways on how to market the industry in various destinations around the world.
“We are going to market Kenya in destinations where people have never known what is in the country,” said Mutua.
Mutua emphasized the various sceneries in the country will boost tourism and position Kenya as the top tourism destination in the country. He has announced that Ronald Ngala Utalii College will open in 2024.
In a statement, Mutua, who visited the college under construction in Kilifi County, said the government will complete a few classes first with the available funds to end the 16-year wait.
“Because even secondary schools and many colleges start small as few classrooms expand with time, I changed the ongoing process to ensure that key buildings are completed first, based on available funds, so that the college can open its doors by early to mid.