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New airport plan in Kilifi faulted

06 June 2013, 14:10 Alloys Musyoka

Tourism stakeholders in Malindi district have faulted Kilifi County government's plans to construct an International Airport at Langobaya division in Malindi claiming it is very far from their hotels.

Led by Kilifi County Hotel Owners Association (HOA) Chair Roby Marin, the stakeholders said that the airport will inconvenience their customers since it will constructed very far away from their facilities situated in Malindi town and Watamu.

Marin said they want Kilifi County government to upgrade the current airport in Malindi to an International airport because it is nearer to their hotels.

“We are very concerned about the issue of coming up with an International Airport at Langobaya as Kilifi County government has indicated bearing in mind that the airport will be very far from town where tourists book hotels. As stakeholders in the hotel industry, we want the available airport located here to be upgraded because it is close to our facilities,” said Marin.

Speaking in Malindi, Marin said that already about 30 hotels in the area have started marketing Malindi tourist town in European countries among other continents around the world so that more tourists can visit the area.

Marin decried poor state of roads in the tourist town and challenged the government to address the matter quickly before the next tourism season kicks off early July this year.

“Many of the roads here are in bad condition and so we want them repaired. For example, the Malindi-Lamu Road and Kibokoni Road which has been damaged by lorries that ferry sand from Kibokoni,” he noted.

These complaints come a few days after Kilifi County Governor Amason Jefa Kingi pledged that the County will construct an International airport in Langobaya so as to attract more tourists to the area.

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