March 30, 2009

Push for bolder steps to benefit from eco-tourism

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Global tourism must play its part in sustainable development and poverty alleviation,where climate change is a major concern and air transport makes a significant contribution,sustainable Tourism Development.It is also important to tell the public that International tourism has played a major role in preserving biodiversity and in conservation in general.
Without tourism,the pantanal,the world’s largest wetland,would have just turned into a major cattle feed -lot.If it weren’t for tourism,Africa would not have it’s game parks and nature preserves ,and the coral Triangle would have been devastated by overfishing.”Tourism is not the problem;the challenge is how to do tourism right”.
Sustainable tourism,like sustainable development,is ”Such a vague concept that no one disagrees with but you can mean anything you want it to”.As a result,there are many policies on sustainable development but not much action.

(Business daily)

March 24, 2009

Africa Tourism Minister Of the Year

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Even though Kenya’s tourism sector was highly affected due to the post election violence ,the sector has been doing well due to the publicity that has been going on by the minister of Tourism Hon Najib Balala  who was selected the Africa Tourism Minister of the year award ,after he emerged top of seven other tourism ministers who had been shortlisted for the award during the Africa Tourism Investors Summit and award Gala in Mozambique.

The Gala was held on friday 27th feb 2009 at the Joachim Chesano Conference Centre in Maputo.The summit was opened by the Mozambian president H.E  Armando Emilio Gubuza.The continental tourism event was organised by the International Pan-African Investment group,Africa Investor (AI) in partnership with the Mozambique  government,the International World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO ) and the international Finance corporate  ( World Bank Group)  and Nepad.

This is a good sign of us selling our country not only locally or other African countries but globally.

March 23, 2009

Natural Resources

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Tourism sector in western Kenya has been dull thus leading to a formation of a body to that will expose the region’s many attractions.Apart from highlighting its cultural heritage,places of natural beauty,and histirical importance,where there will be an establishment of a cultural heritage centre,which apart from sellingcurios,it will also be a venue for entertainment.

Already,a slew of activities have been lined up in Kisumu to increase the traffic of tourists to the region.Its inaugural tourism fair,showcasing attractions in the region,is set to be held later in the year,the expo will provide an opportunity for traders and visitors to exchange ideas .

An international tourism festival,dubbed the Obama Root Fete,organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Forum for Cultural Heritage Promotion , and a group from chicago US,is also planned later in the year.Other planned strategies are the preparation of register all hotels, tour and travel operators and other general businesses,which will be placed at the airport and other public places for tourists.
The Western Kenya tourism Circuit, which includes Nyanza and Western provinces and parts of RIft Valley Provinces, boasts of attractions such as Thim Lich Ohinga, Simbi Nyaima, Mt Elgon,Kakamega Forest,Ndere Island,Impala,Saiwa Swamp and Ruma national parks,with Nyangoma Kogelo the pertenal home of the US president Barack Obama being the newest attraction.(Daily Nation March 09 )

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