Traders record increased profits as Lamu Food Expo comes to an end

Traders record increased profits as Lamu Food Expo comes to an end

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Lamu Governor Issa Timamy together with other officials looking at some of the food showcased during the festival. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: The second edition of the Lamu food expo came to an end on Sunday with traders in the town recording increased profits.

The three day event that ran from 15 to 17 April saw hotel owners, hawkers, fishermen and traders confirming recorded profits of more than 50% since the Food festival kicked off.

Traders have lauded the move by the county government to brand Lamu an ‘island of festivals’ and created festivals that have in turn increased profits whenever they are held.

Lamu Tourism Association-LTA Deputy Chair Ghalib Alwy  who is also the owner of the famous Bush Gardens Restaurant in Lamu town, said this year’s festival attracted more visitors than anticipated.

“I have received more visitors than I did last year. We are appealing to the county government to increase such festivals so that we can benefit as hotel and restaurant owners,”said Alwy.

According to the Chief organizer of the festival Fauz Ali,this year’s festival has attracted more international and domestic tourists than ever before.

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He said the tourism sector was benefiting a great deal from such festivities and promised an even better festival next year.