The Government is set to introduce a hotel Refurbishment Fund soon to help in improving the image and quality of the hotels in the country.
Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala said special announcement on how the fund should be managed will be made in due cause to ensure the hotel industry is revamped to attract more tourists..
Speaking after releasing a rehabilitated turtle back to sea in a live web broadcast via periscope at Watamu beaches on Sunday, Balala said the government through his ministry has embarked on a vigorous campaign to make Kenya the best tourists destiny globally.
Balala also announced that the annual budget allocations to the tourism ministry have been increased from ksh2.8 billion to 5.2 billion in the next financial year 2016/17 with an aim of revamping and promoting the tourism sector in the country.
He said the Kenya Tourism Board KTB will be allocated ksh2 billion to cater for marketing and promotion of tourism both locally and abroad.
“This year the government is adding us more funds from 2.8 billion to 5.2 billion and KTB will be allocate 2 billion to market and promote the country in the local market and globally”Balala said
The CS added that more incentives have been put in place by the National government in terms of infrastructure and removal of other taxes on Parks and flights to ensure the sector’s former glory is recovered.
”I want to assure you that the proposed Likoni Bridge built before President Uhuru Kenyatta’s era comes to an end , we cannot rely only on Dongo Kundu , Likoni Bridge must be in place to open up Mombasa and South Coast, The Mombasa Airport road expansion and many other projects are ongoing” Balala added.