The Star (Nairobi)

20 August 2012

Kenya: Mwazo Wants Home-Stay Tourism

There is need to introduce home-stay tourism to promote underdeveloped regions, Tourism minister Dan Mwanzo has said.

Home-stay tourism involves tourist staying in people's homesteads instead of hotels, especially in areas where there are tourist attraction sites but no hotels to accommodate the tourists.

This way, the family that accommodates the tourists get a certain percentage of the revenues accrued from the tourists. The minister accused the public of opposing innovation in the industry. He said the country can reap much more from the tourism industry if good investment plans are made.

Speaking in his Voi backyard over the weekend, Mwazo said development of home stay and other potential areas will see tourists visit more places in the country. He said there are unexploited areas in the country which have tourism attraction but the country has not planned well for full utility. "Our tourism industry is only concentrated on the beaches and Safaris. We need to create home stays which will be approved by the ministry. This will enable tourists to come and stay at certain homes hence promotes tourism in lowly developed areas," said Mwazo.

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