Tourism numbers take a hike in Mt Kenya region

Numbers in the tourism sector in Mt Kenya region are telling a promising story even as an expanded menu promises more mouthwatering activities.

For long, industry players have been scratching their heads looking for novel ways of attracting local and international visitors.

According to the region’s Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) Chairman Edward Wangechi, hotels are now operating on a scale of between 30 to 60 per cent tourists flow.

And for the festivities, they are fully booked with bed occupancy at 90 per cent.

“We have had the longest electioneering year where we were operating on a scale of zero to 10 per cent. We dealt a lot with cancellations,” he said.

An example of such cancellation is the Cape EpiC challenge that was scheduled to take place at the Naromoru River Lodge in Nyeri last month which was called off due to the political noise.

About four local teams were expected to take part in the event alongside tens of individual competitors. A Norwegian cycling team was also expected to participate in the 220-kilometre series.

Such is what county governments and hospitality stakeholders have embarked on sporting activities to put the region at the centre of attention.

Last month, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala went on a five-day excursion of Mt Kenya with the aim of promoting the country’s tourism.

This, according to stakeholders, put the region on the map with many people both local and international expressing their willingness to embark on such an adventure.

Balala was hiking with members of an adventurers group named The Seven Summits Africa team that set out to achieve a World First by climbing seven African mountains back to back in the same number of weeks.


Source: Business Daily