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Insecurity to blame for low turnout of tourists

19 August 2014, 19:00 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The recent Terror attacks and other crime related activities in the county are to blame for low turnout of foreign visitors at hotels, tourism players have said.

Tourism players in Mombasa have said the government should step in and improve security and infrastructural development as a creating a good environment to both local and international tourists.

Two foreign tourists were shot dead while on their holiday a move which caused a hitch on the ever thriving sector.

Speaking on the sidelines of a beach run event at the Jomo Kenyatta International beach, Mombasa county executive Joab Tumbo however said the county is jointly partnering with other players to make remain a tourism destination.

“Insecurity has always been a challenge to us, but now that everything is contained and security is being enhanced at all parts of the beaches, we are partnering  with all stakeholders to ensure we come up with new strategies of promoting the sector,” Said Tumbo.

Meanwhile Mombasa county government is set to establish an inspectorate unit to protect tourists at the beach and bring sanity to the sector. County tourism boss Job Tumbo said the move will secure public beaches and make it safe for both local and international tourists to travel.

Mombasa tourism committee chair Amir Thoya said the county assembly is drafting some key bills which when adopted will stream line the tourism sector in the county.

A lot of challenges in from insecurity to poor infrastructure haves slowly derailed the sector from thriving to its normal standars.

Thoya said for the sector to thrive there was need to develop a proper legal framework on beach operations and other related zones. Hotels are recording a low turnout of visitors even as the tourism seasons peaks.

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