Obama’s visit show of confidence in Kenya’s security measures- Joho
19 July 2015, 18:04
Mombasa - United States President, Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya shows there is level of confidence in Kenya’s security measures, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has said.
He said he is optimistic that after Obama’s visit, the tourism sector which is still struggling to stabilize will get back on track.
Joho said he is surprised by US last week's terror alert against Kenya when their counterparts, United Kingdom has already lifted travel advisories last month.
“We, the governors of the six Coastal counties, will continue engaging the US, UK and other Western countries to ensure that the advisories are lifted to be able to boost our tourism sector,” he said.
Obama will be in the country this week to attend the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit scheduled for July 25-27 in Nairobi.
Joho said both national and county governments have tried to guarantee security for citizens and foreigners who are in Kenya.
He was speaking at Mombasa County Stadium on Saturday during the Eid celebrations.
Joho said his government is coming up with new tourism products that will help supplement the beach, safaris, hotels and historical tourism products in Mombasa.
He said they will continue rebranding Mombasa to be more attractive to domestic, regional and foreign tourists.
They have come up with the annual Mombasa International Cultural Festivals (MICF) and the monthly Mshikaki Street Festival, he said.
“Cities like Dubai developed because of the festivals, the shopping festivals, cultural festival and many others. Later on they got anchored into the system,” said Joho.
Mvita MP, Abdulswamad Nassir said he supports new ideas in developing the tourism sector in Mombasa and the country at large.
“We need to come up with new marketing strategies and rebranding our tourism sector. We cannot sit back and wait to depend on beach and hotel tourism alone,” said Nassir.
He said the National Assembly is coming up with the Special Economic Zones Bill, which will help attract investors into the country.
“This can also be categorized as a tourism package of its own, Economic tourism, just like the medical, cultural and cuisine tourism,” he said.
This comes as Mombasa is struggling to reclaim it lost glory after the 13-month travel advisories against Coast by UK was lifted last month.
Tourism stakeholders have also expressed optimism that by December, Kenya will have received a bigger number of foreign tourists compared to last year.
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