June 10, 2009

Lake Nakuru might dry up in 5 years

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 10:03 am

Lake nakuru which is the home of flamingoes might dry up in five years due to destruction of the environment in its catchment areas. All rivers floeing in to the lake – Njoro, Makalia and Nderit – had dried up. The lake is now depending on sewage and storm water from the town and its environs.

Disaster is looming if destruction of the Mau Forest Complex and other catchment areas was not stopped urgently. The lake extintion would deal the tourism industry and Kenya in general a big blow because the park, famous for its flamingos,is among the biggest income earners.

The lake is a major tourist attraction for its beautiful flamingos that outline the lake with their pink colour and  amajor revunue earner.Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)is spending Sh. 250,000 per month to provide fresh water to wildlife in Lake Nakuru National Park after the rivers dried up . This is because the flamingoes can not drink the saline waters of the lake so the management is forced to strategically place throughs within the park. The park anagement uses diesel worth Sh. 10,000 a day to pump water into the troughs.

June 9, 2009

Cut to slow down Tourism

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:40 am

The 2009/2010 budget cut in the tourism industry seems to be a disaster and also to the economy. Cuffed with a 20% drop in earnings for 2008 period and a 40% drop in tourist arrivals, tourism is pinning hopes on the private sector.

Compared to last the previous year, the board statistics indicate that the sector earned Shs 52.7 billion from Shs.64.4 billion. In terms of arrivals, a combination of last year’s post election violence and the prevailling global ecomomic crisis resulted in a paltry one million visitors compared to over 2 million in 2007.

The monistry of tourism has requested slightly over 1 billion to support its marketing activities as it seeks to rev up a market weighed down by effects of the post election violence and the current global finacial crises. In the current fiscal year, the government alocation to the sector went up 26% to Sh 600million for use by the kenya Tourist Board (KTB) to promote destination Kenya.

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.

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