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Lack of independent tourism ministry hurting industry

09 December 2014, 11:31 Robert Chepkwony

Nakuru - Tourism and hospitality stakeholders in Nakuru County have called on the government to consider setting an independent tourism docket to salvage the tourism sector whose fortunes continue to dwindle.

The stakeholders pointed that though insecurity due to terrorism has been seen as the cause of dwindling fortunes in the tourism sector, other factors have also contributed to the decline.

Lake Nakuru lodge operational and marketing manger, Joseph Muya pointed that insecurity due to terrorism has been perceived as the ultimate cause of the tourism collapse in the country and that an overhaul of the sector will redeem it.

He said raft of changes especially the establishment of an independent tourism docket different from a cocktail docket that has combined the ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism will offer a lasting solution.

“KTB currently does not access enough funding because of lack of a special independent tourism ministry, and the government needs to consider this to salvage the all important sector,” he said.

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Muya said the cocktail ministry has hindered the operation of the tourism sector that earns the country billions of foreign currency and contributor of the economy growth as the CS is overwhelmed by numerous duties.

Muya added that the independent tourism CS will be able to fight against travel advisories from western countries and also engage the countries on the way forward.

He also decried lack of government support for private investors in the tourism industry as they sponsor their world activities in world travel market such as the England international forum in Berlin.

They also decried bad media publicity and political incitement which has polarized the country and urged the government to offer sufficient financial support to the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) in order to ensure its efficiency.

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