Front on beach management
Counties in the coastal Kenya are rooting for a common law on beach management to guard the beach product that has been a key attraction of tourists to the region.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said already Kwale County has developed the bill and appealed to other counties to replicate it.
Kwale County has been voted for three consecutive times by the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Africa’s leading beach destination.
“Beach management will only be enhanced through uniform legislation that cuts across all the counties in the region”, said the CS after chairing coastal tourism stakeholders forum in Mombasa.
Balala also told the forum that Mombasa will have to diversify its tourism products by investing on conferences.
He said the government will re-new discussions with Bamburi on the possibility of a land to set up a conferencing facility in the area.
“While we shall be positioning other counties in the region for leisure, Mombasa will have to invest on conferencing as an additional product that has been picking up positively,” said the CS.
On cruise tourism, Balala disclosed that the government has already set aside Shs 200 million for the construction of Berth 1 (one) at the port of Mombasa to enhance cruise business.
He said the government will be tour operators selling cruise tourism to identify vibrant ways of improving the cruise tourism segment.
Kenya Coast Tourism Association (KCTA) chairman Mohammed Hersi appealed to both the local and international media to tone their coverage on negative stories noting that the destination had more positive stories to share.
The forum also deliberated in open sky policy, infrastructure, tourism content development, security and Mombasa image as a destination.