The County Government of Kakamega will partner with the National Government and the Private sector to revive tourism in Kakamega County and the entire Western circuit. This was revealed during a meeting between the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Wildlife & Heritage Hon Peninah Malonza and a delegation from Kakamega County Government led by the Chief Officer for Industrialization and Tourism Mr Saxon Kweyu at the former’s office in Nairobi.
The CS informed the meeting that following President William Ruto’s directive on revival of the Western Tourism circuit, her Ministry has earmarked Kakamega forest as one of the signature products that will be targeted for promotion and marketing as a major tourist attraction site in the region.
The Kenya Tourism Board, Hon. Malonza said, will be used to market the tropical rain forest as well as other sites such as the Crying Stone, the Bull sport, Nabongo Cultural Centre and the Isikuti Cultural dance that has been inscribed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in need of Urgent Safeguarding, among other products in the County.
During the tour, the County Officials also had an opportunity to visit two Parastatals; the Tourism Fund and Kenya Utalii Collège where matters partnership in tourism promotion were also discussed. In addition, the delegation held talks with two potential investors in the Hotel and hospitality industry based in Nairobi.
The Principal Secretary for Tourism John Ololtuaa and the Western Region Tourism and Hospitality Stakeholders Chairperson Rev. William Owuya were also present.
Kakamega is set to host the National Cultural, Tourism and Food Festival at Bukhungu stadium from 16th-18th March 2023 and the National Kenya Utalii College refresher courses at Kakamega Sports Club, Golf, Friends and Shieywe hotels from 27th- 6th April 2023.