By Walter Pepela:-
The future of tourism in Kenya: Challenges, Problems and Solutions
Tourism in Kenya is currently facing a lot of challenges because of multiple travel advisories imposed on the Kenyan government by European nations and also because of political instability and poaching of animals especially elephants. The future of tourism will depend on the following factors.
Conservation of wildlife should be done because it is mainly wild animals which attract tourist. To conserve these, the Kenya government has to make great efforts and establish national parks and game reserves .plans should be made to establish more of these.
Development of suitable facilities especially the hotel industry has to be expanded to accommodate the increasing number of tourists of all classes. More high class tourist hotels have to be built around the Kenyan coast and other major tourist attraction centres to ensure sufficient accommodation facilities. Infrastructural facilities such as roads in most of the parks and those leading to the parks are supposed to be improved so as to facilitate the movement around the parks.
More tourist attractions are supposed to be established, developed and maintained. Kenya has room for expansion and establishment of more tourist attractions such as Lake Tukana, Bogoria, and Lake Victoria, Mt Elgon, Samburu and Marsabit areas.
Political stability and government projections are a major determinant of the country’s future tourism success. Stability of the political and economic climate is crucial because it provides tourists with the assurance of peace and comfort and therefore they will visit the country in droves. A stable political climate will improve the country’s security status and image and by so doing, it makes the tourism industry well stimulated. The present government therefore has to put in more measures to ensure that the political climate in the country is favorable for tourism activities.
If the measures mentioned above are followed, then the declining tourism industry will have been given the much needed head start.
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