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Tourism stakeholders welcome Kwale County Govt advisory for visitors

25 November 2014, 13:24 John Kioko

Kwale - Tourism stakeholders in South Coast have welcomed Kwale County Government's advisory for visitors planning to tour the area to avoid ferry frustration by using the Samburu-Kinango-Kwale road.

Speaking at Kaskazi hotel on Saturday during a Cocktail party with Media 16 group of journalists, Kaskazi General Manager, Francois Mages said that the route remains the fastest means of access to South Coast.

“Many of the visitors find it hard to tour this area because of ferry frustration," he said.

He said the expansion of Ukunda Airstrip will open up the tourist town of Diani and ensure that more tourists visit the area direct from Nairobi or abroad.

“Visitors will be be able to avoid the Changamwe congestion, Likoni ferry frustrations and too many stop-overs which are a waste of time,” he added.

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Information sent to the media by Governor Salim Mvurya's office indicate that the area is set to receive a big number of visitors during the Christmas holiday.

“Hundreds of Kenyans who visited Kwale County stand during the Kenya International Investment Conference (KIICO) at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) said they admired Diani Beach’s clean, unpolluted and white sand beaches,” said the report.

The County Government of Kwale has advised visitors driving from Nairobi to South Coast to branching off at Samburu Town and use Kinango, Kwale to Diani road.

Governor Salim Mvurya and security department in the area maintained that Kwale County is safe for holiday makers.

South Coast is endowed with both beaches and game drives in the Shimba Hills National Reserve.

It was recently voted the best Beach Destination in Africa by the World Travel Awards. It beat world famous beaches of Egypt, South Africa, Mozambique and Zanzibar to win the award.

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