Kenya set to benefit a lot from Kwale tourism, say stakeholders

Kenya set to benefit a lot from Kwale tourism, say stakeholders

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A view of Diani Beach and Spa at Kenya's Coast. PHOTO: FILE

Kwale, KENYA: Untapped opportunities in Kwale county has been said to be one of the areas that need to be highlighted so as to boost tourism in Kenya.

Speaking at Diani on Saturday, CEO of Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa Titus Kangangi said the tourism industry has a lot to offer to local and international tourists.

“Kwale is rich and it has the potential to attract more tourists through Cultural tourism, Agri-Tourism and annual Beach Sports,” he said.

Kangangi added that cultural tourism can be improved by preserving the Kaya forests and making them organized and packaged to add value.

“The county government in conjunction with the national government can work on Agri-tourism projects to attract tourist and create job opportunities to the locals,” he added.

Voted  as Africa’s leading beach destination 2016 for the third time in a row since 2014 in the  World Travel Awards, Diani Beach in Kwale County boasts of various world class hotels.

Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa is one of the hotels found in the area that lies  on a 30 Acres land surrounded with swaying palms and soft white sand.

Voted as Africa’s Leading SPA resort in 2015, the hotel boasts as one of the few hotels that can host two presidents at the same time; as it has two presidential suites.

Despite Diani having a variety of hotels offering world class services, Kangangi says a lot needs to be done to improve transport around the area.

“Transport leading to Diani is still a big challenge, the government might consider speeding up the construction of dongo kundu by pass and fast track the building of the Likoni channel bridge.” Said Kangangi.

Kangangi added that one of the major challenges faced by hotels is lack of adequate clean fresh water.

He urged the county government to aid in connecting all the hotels with the commodity; adding that it will go along away in boosting the hotel industry.

Additional reporting by Brian Osweta