By Irene Muchuma
The Lamu County Government has set aside 73 million shillings to revive the tourism sector in the region.
Speaking during the Tourism Fund Forum following the three day Lamu Cultural Festival, the region’s Governor Issa Timmamy said a 95 percent increment from the previous fiscal year has been injected into the fund to boost the sector whose growth bore the brunt of travel advisories from key source markets.
Spectacle and glamour characterized entertainment spots in Lamu County as curtains came down for the 15th annual Lamu Cultural Festival.
People from all walks of life made their way to the cultrural festival to promote the unique Swahili culture with events ranging from traditional dances, Hinnah painting competitions ,donkey races ,dhow races ,food festivals among other cultures.
According to Kenya Tourism Board Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa, domestic tourism in Lamu County has increased compared to numbers from the international market which Muriithi says expresses the board’s commitment in vitalizing the industry.
Newly nominated Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala also at the festival pledged to work with all county governments in developing common strategies to market the nation as a tourist destination.
The festival which is held in the month of November every year also sets the flat form for traders to showcase their products.