The Star (Nairobi)

16 August 2014

Kenya: Joint Effort Needed to Restore Tourism Industry's Former Glory, Says Uhuru

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Coast people and the country at large that his government is committed to tackling insecurity and terrorism.

He said they are dealing with issues that may result in insecurity.

Uhuru urged investors in the tourism sector to partner with local communities so that they can feel like stakeholders and investors themselves.

He was addressing leaders and tourism stakeholders during the official opening of re-branded Kaskazi Beach Hotel and Dr Charles Gekonde Otara Conference centre.

"Investors have to work with locals in areas they set up their businesses because the ultimate security and safeguard will come from locals, not police," Uhuru said.

He said security is a concern of everyone that needs to be solved through a concerted effort.

Uhuru assured investors in the tourism industry that his government will work with them.

He directed Tourism Secretary Phyllis Kandie to partner with the private sector and do what they can to ensure tourism, especially at the Coast regains its former glory.

"The opening of the conference center comes at a time when the industry is experiencing difficulties but this shows we will recover from the problems and troubles we have experienced,"Uhuru said.

He said he is confident that the tourism sector will bounce back.

The President said the country has ingredients necessary for success, including beautiful beaches, parks and sites that cannot be found elsewhere.

"We have God-given features that make us unique as a country and a destination. We have a pool of talent, skills and human power to drive this sector. All we need is to work together," Uhuru said.

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