Kisumu County Government celebrates United Nations World Tourism day in style with event activities that kicked off from County headquarters and officially flanked by Kisumu County Deputy Governor Mathews Owili. At a press briefing ahead of the program, Dr. Mathews Owili elaborated on the available tourist attraction destination sites that can magically excite both international as well as local visitors.
Flagging the procession, Thomas Ouko, Director of Tourism-Kisumu County Government outlined the program that witnessed procession to Lwangni beachfront, tree planting at the grand opening of Oile Park in the heart of Kisumu city also never left out the tour of Kisumu museum and the Impala park attraction sites targeted as products for tourism promotion in the fast growing industry in western Kenya. The Kisumu County Government, in partnership with tourism stakeholders such as the United Nations Habitat and the Tourism Fund plan to develop all potential tourist attractions in the region including construction of a modern convention centre to cater for business tourism alongside an amusement park and upgrading of a government-owned hotel, Sunset hotel.
The Kisumu County Government has initiated talks with all stakeholders and industry players from the region to come up with attractive subsidized affordable rate packages that will ignite holiday bookings while targeting domestic as well as international tourist at the same time. In his speech at the launch of World Tourism Day, Dedan Olawo, Lake Victoria Tourism Association Chairman pointed out their plans to market all the 15 counties as a single tourist destination. Lake Victoria basin hosts the rare and endangered Sitatunga antelope, black and white rhinos at Rhuma Conservancy. Besides, this destination is most popular home to bird varieties, historic and archeological sites, and rich cultural traditions.