|27 Aug 2013|
By Mathews Ndanyi, 27 August 2013; The Star
THE Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said counties based in North Rift region have great potential to reap from the tourism sector.
Chairman of the chamber in the region Charles Mose said the counties should focus on improving infrastructure to open up tourism sites in areas such as Kerio Valley.
‘The western tourism circuit still has great potentials that can be exploited if the county governments come up with clear plans on available opportunities in the region,’ he said.
Mose said the counties should develop master plans to help them to attract investors to various sectors. He said the counties need to heavily invest in hospitality industry for value addition.
‘Farmers should not always engage in production of raw material as has been the case over the years. They should now go for value addition so that they make more from their farming activities,’ Mose said. Separately, the Sh 500 million four-star hotel in Eldoret town has been opened.
Boma Inn is the second one of its kind to be owned by the Red Cross in the country with a similar one in Nairobi. Red Cross Governor Paul Birech says apart from enhancing its financial base, the hotel will help to promote tourism and other businesses in the country.
‘The investment will help us to tap into the tourism sector and also help the country achieve objectives of Vision 2030,’ he said. Birech said the hotel will serve many tourists who search for international class services when they visit the region.