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Mombasa government allocates KES 70 million to tourism sector

30 June 2015, 15:11 Jose Mwanake

Mombasa - The tourism industry in Mombasa has received KES 70 million boost from the County government.

In its 2015/16 financial year, the County government has allocated KES 40 million for the rehabilitation of the famous Mama Ngina Park, which faces the Indian Ocean.

The park is a major tourist attraction and was the venue of the 35 IAAF World Marathon in 2007, but it has never undergone major rehabilitation since then.

It also borders the historical Mombasa Golf Club, a hotel facility with a golf course which was started during the pre-colonial period.

The County has also set aside KES 30 million for the establishment of the tourism cultural centre.

“With Mombasa County being one of the main tourist destination in Kenya, there is need to support the sector as this will increase our revenue base,” said Finance Executive, Hazel Koitaba.

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She was speaking while presenting the KES 10.9 billion budget at the County Assembly Building on Thursday.

Tourism stakeholders in the region have welcomed the decision to rehabilitate the Mama Ngina Park.

Millicent Odhiambo, the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Coast Tourists Association, said Mama Ngina Park has been a tourist attraction for both local and foreign tourists.

“You will always find people at the Park because of the beautiful scene and cool breeze from the Indian Ocean,” said Odhiambo.

She said the scenery of ships coming and leaving the Port of Mombasa has also been an attraction to people from upcountry.

However, she said the County government should also rehabilitate all the Parks, Buxton, Railway Station and Uhuru garden, to be able to keep Mombasa beautiful.

“Uhuru garden has a fountain right in the middle of it. I asked the County government to rehabilitate it and hopefully it will attract more people to Mombasa,” she said.

The Uhuru garden is located where the famous Mombasa tusks (Mapembeni) are along the Moi Avenue.

The huge tusks are also a special tourists’ attraction site in the region.

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