//Tourism And Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Tours Bungoma County In His Quest To Revitalise The Tourism Sector – 27/3/2024

Tourism And Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Tours Bungoma County In His Quest To Revitalise The Tourism Sector – 27/3/2024

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Alfred Mutua, is asking county Governments to develop cultural experiences that would not only attract tourists but also benefit local economies and empower communities.  Dr. Mutua cited Bungoma’s rich cultural heritage brought to life by the local communities’ songs, dances and food as some of the areas that could be attractive to tourists if properly harnessed. 

 Dr. Mutua is in Bungoma county on the third leg  of his ambitious countrywide tours dubbed #UtaliiFresh.  The visits are aimed at revitalizing the tourism sector by forging partnerships with county governments.

Accompanied by the  Principal Secretary, the State Department of Wildlife, Ms. Silvia Museiya, Dr. Mutua was received  by Governor Ken Lusaka and the county leadership. 

Dr. Mutua’s vision is to unlock the untapped tourism potential of every corner of Kenya. He is  passionate about the need for collaboration between the national and county governments to develop infrastructure, promote conservation efforts, and create sustainable tourism initiatives.

The CS cited Nabuyole falls within Webuye saying this is a Gem waiting to be discovered.

“The falls and the area around it could be developed as a hiking site. We are ready to support the county Government in such a venture,” he said.

Other areas the CS promised collaboration and support is in the improvement of infrastructure including construction of Matulo airstrip, support for the luhya cultural and food festival and marketing of the ‘Kamabeka” dance as an authentic cultural offering. 

“Western Kenya boasts a rich cultural heritage, including traditional music, dance, and ceremonies. Leveraging these cultural assets can create unique tourism experiences and generate revenue for local communities,” added Mutua.

Governor Lusaka  acknowledged the wealth of opportunities  within Bungoma’s borders – from its lush forests and serene waterfalls to its vibrant cultural heritage and welcoming communities.

The CS emphasized the  importance of protecting the region’s rich biodiversity and wildlife habitats while simultaneously harnessing them for responsible tourism development.

Governor Lusaka pledged his full support, committing resources and manpower to turn these plans into reality. He envisioned Bungoma becoming a beacon of sustainable tourism, showcasing the best of Kenya’s natural wonders while preserving them for generations to come. The CS visited the Sangalo cultural centre and Buteyo Miti Park conservancy.

Dr Mutua’s tours across Kenya are  fueled by the belief that through collaboration and commitment, they could transform the tourism landscape and unlock the full potential of this beautiful nation.

Tourism in Western Kenya presents immense potential for economic growth and development but it faces numerous challenges hindering its full realization.

The region also lacks adequate hospitality infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of tourists. Investing in the construction of hotels, lodges, and guesthouses will enhance the visitor experience and prolong their stay in Western Kenya, the CS  said.

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