21 December 2012

Kenya: KWS, Pokot Council in Bid to Boost Tourism

The Kenya Wildlife Service has partnered with the Pokot County Council to develop tourist facilities and boost security in Nasolot Game Reserve to attract tourists in West Pokot County.

The KWS Western Conservancy Area acting Assistant Director Julius Cheptei said the county had immense tourism potential that remained untapped and that KWS would provide the needed technical capacity to develop the game reserve to generate revenue to the civic authority in the North Rift.

Cheptei said the wildlife agency would help the council to develop road infrastructure within the game reserve to make the place accessible to tourists visiting the game reserve.

Accompanied by the West Pokot County KWS Warden Tom Amisi,theKWS official added that the organization would also strive to ensure that lodges and camp sites were established in the animal sanctuary to ensure visiting tourist fully enjoyed their stay in the region. Currently, the Pokot County Council does not earn any revenue from the game park because the park has poor infrastructure and lacks accommodation facilities for tourists.

Cheptei further said the organization would launch aggressive marketing campaigns of the game reserve at national and international tourist fora.

Speaking in Kapenguria town when he made a courtesy call to the West Pokot County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo, the Assistant Director said his organization had deployed KWS enough KWS rangers in Nasolot Game Reserve to eradicate poaching and reduce human /wildlife conflict in the game reserve.

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