May 28, 2009

Ukunda and Diani twin towns that love off Tourism

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 4:12 am

The two towns share similar history and both depend on the tourism Industry.Diani which kisses the beaches,is home to at least 20 sat b-rated tourists and over 500 luxury villas and cottages while Ukunda, which is a few kilometres offshore, houses the hotel workers.Tourism boom in hotels on Diani Beach leads to brisk business and rental houses and other economic activities at Ukunda.

It is in Ukunda where expensive homes and apartments stand,some fronting the white sandy beaches. Thr towns have not been spared from political upheavals. During the 1997 Likoni clashes, Diani hotels were most affected. But the resorts have since risen from the ashes except fro the general slump in the industry occasioned by the post – election violence.

May 27, 2009

Investors cry for by-pass to South Coast

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 12:05 pm

Improved transport network in Ukunda and Diani would spur growth of towns in the towns. Hoteliers say the tourist haven of the South Coast, currently recording a paltry 30% hotel occupancy, could fully realise its pontential if the government builds the proposed Dongo-Kundu by-pass to the South Coast.

The likoni ferry crossing had negatively affected  tourism in the region.Tourists are delayed for more than two hours at the Likoni ferry on their way to the Moi International Airport.If the by-pass is built Diani would emerge as the tourist destination of choice at the Coast if the Government develops the neglected Ukunda Arstrip into an International Airport.

Diani has pristine beaches ans exclusive resorts but the problem is that the Infrastructure has not been developed in to march the growth in tourism.

May 26, 2009

The pain of budget cut in Tourism

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 11:00 am

Players in the tourism industry await hard choices for the financial year 2009/2010.The tourism budget for 2009/2010 could be slashed a lot more than creativity will be needed to market Kenya as a tourist destination as numbers fall due to the global financial crisis.

Marketing strategies by Kenya Tourist Board will suffer a major blow. In 2008 Sh.1.1 billion was spend to promote tourism, it was funded by the government and donors who came in to help restore the countries glory after the post election violence battered the Industry.

In 2009/2009 financial year the tourism industry was allocated Sh.400 million.The expected 70% in the 2009/2010 budget will slow the the operations in the industry. Kenya Tourist Board had scheduled a number of events to boost domestic tourism which has kept the industry going in the crisis.

The ministry has held a couple of events, one recently concluded event involved partnering with Kenya Airways to bring together about 150 tour operators and journalists across the continent.

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