Kenya Government is establishing a KSh 10 billion fund to revamp old hotels to meet international standards, according to the Tourism Cabinet Minister Najib Balala.
Balala told participants at the Tourism Summit in Mombasa today (August 31, 2016) that the fund will enable investors obtain credit more easily to give their hotels a face-lift.
“The credit will be available at 6 percent interest rate and the older you are, the more you are entitled to approach this fund, so that it can be able to help you. We are not going to fund new hotels,” said Balala.
The Summit is to take stock of the recent recovery of the industry, and to see how the momentum can be sustained. Members of the private sector, the government and other groups are attending.
Stake holders at the Summit blamed slow growth of the industry on the Kenya Airways which they said charges high fares and has frequent delays.
Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers
“KQ should wake up. The issue of delays must be addressed. Our hotel beds are empty and Kenya Airways does not support us,” said Jaideep Vohra, the chairman of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers.
Hoteliers were also accused of charging high rates even when they are not fully booked.
Balala said it does not make sense for a hotel to charge high rates only to have occupancy of 40 per cent while they could make more with reasonable charges.
Council of Governors
The Council of Governors presented their own views and complained that the national government has failed in involving county governments in tourism matters.
“I believe if there was more collaboration between us we would achieve more, “ Narok Governor Samuel Kuntai speaking on behalf of the governors said.
Tourism is the second most important contributor to Kenyan foreign exchange earner.
Top attractions include:
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the top tourist attractions in Kenya and the country’s most popular game park. Each year the Masai Mara National Reserve is visited by thousands of tourists who come to watch the annual migration of zebra and wildebeest. The “Great Migration” takes place every year from July to October when millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Amboseli National Park
Amboseli National Park is a relatively small park located close to the Tanzania border at the foot of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the Amboseli National Park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lake Nakuru is a very shallow lake in Rift Valley. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts vast quantities of lesser flamingos, sometimes more than one million at once. Often called the greatest bird spectacle on earth, the flamingos are one of Kenya’s top attractions.
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. Due to its size the park was divided into Tsavo West and Tsavo East. The Tsavo West has spectacular scenery with a rolling volcanic landscape while Tsavo East has more open savannah than its western sibling. Tsavo National Park is the ideal destination in Kenya for people who seek solitude and privacy as well as the chance to explore the wilderness.
Lamu Island is a part of Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago, and has managed to stay unspoiled and untouched by the mass tourism that has hit much of Kenya’s coastline. As the oldest living town in Kenya, Lamu Town has retained all the charm and character built up over centuries. There are no roads on Lamu Island, just alleyways and footpaths, and therefore, there are few motorized vehicles on the island. Residents move about on foot or by boat, and donkeys are used to transport goods and materials.
Hell’s Gate National Park is a tiny park named after a narrow break in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake that fed early humans in the Rift Valley. It is unique among Kenya’s wildlife parks, as you are allowed to walk or cycle without a guide. There’s dramatic scenery, with steep cliffs, gorges and basalt columns. The national park is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
Samburu National Reserve is a very peaceful national park in Northern Kenya. It attracts wildlife because of the Uaso Nyiro River that runs through it and the mixture of forest and grassland vegetation. All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalo and hippos. The Uaso Nyiro River contains large numbers of Nile crocodile.
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The mountain offers a beautiful sight. Its series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are covered with forest. The 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a difficult technical climb, several lowers peaks however are an easy des
Malindi provides a very nice introduction to the coastal tourist attractions in Kenya with its extensive coral reefs and beautiful beaches. There are surfing, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and other water sports. The Malindi Marine National Park is protected and has fine beaches clear water and very colorful fish. Malindi is served with a domestic airport and a highway between Mombasa and Lamu.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is just a 10 minutes’ drive from the center of Nairobi with only a fence separating the park’s wildlife from the metropolis. Nairobi’s skyscrapers can be seen from the park. Despite its proximity to the city and the relative small size of the park, Nairobi National Park boasts a large and varied wildlife population. Migrating wildebeest and zebra gather in the park during the dry season, and it is one of Kenya’s most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.