Tourism stakeholders ask Governor to increase budgetary allocation

By Peter Otuoro

Nakuru county tourism stakeholders have urged Governor Susan Kihika to increase funds allocated for the industry in order to bolster tourism in the county.

Led by Nakuru County Tourism Association Chairperson David Mwangi, the stakeholders said that Tourism had been undermined by the previous county government by being allocated the least budgetary allocation despite its significant role in improving the county’s economy.

“Tourism is among the biggest revenue giver to the county government of Nakuru but it is unfortunate that its budgetary allocation is the least,” said Mwangi.

Speaking at Nyayo garden in Nakuru City, Mwangi said that the time had come for the county government recognize the industry’s contribution and in turn allocate more funds towards the same.

Students from Rift Valley Institute of Business Studies showcase their work during the World Tourism Day held at the Nyayo Gardens recently. Photo Fredrick Odiero

He added that if allocated enough money it will expand its operations to benefit everyone through hospitality, hotels, culture and other potential unexploited areas.

“The increase in budgetary allocation in the tourism industry will create job opportunities for youth, women and people living with disabilities,” said Mwangi.

Mwangi added that in recent years Nakuru County had hosted various world events like the Safari Rally and Africa’s Horse Races which gave the County a lot of revenue.

Further, Naivasha Investors representative Kamau Gitahu reiterated the sentiments while Nakuru County Deputy Governor David Kones assured the stakeholders that the County would increase funding towards the industry.

In attendance were Prof. Charles Musyoki who represented the outgoing Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Nakuru City Board Chairperson Sera Karanja and representatives of various financial institutions and hotels from Nakuru.

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