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.

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.

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