Local tourists call for reduction of park entrance fees

Foreign and domestic tourists continue to throng Lake Nakuru National Park this Easter season as local tourists call for a reduction of entrance fees in a bid to scale up annual visitation to the facility.

At the same time West Pokot County has been urged to exploit the hidden treasures in its culture and breathe taking scenery in order to promote local tourism.

Domestic tourists say the entrance fee should be reviewed downwards to attract more locals.

Adult visitors pay 1, 000 shillings and children pay 500 shillings each while vehicle fees are 300 shillings per vehicle which he says are high.

Lake Nakuru Lodge Manager Peninah Ng’ang’a says business is looking up after months of a slump due to a protracted political season.

Meanwhile in West Pokot County, the county government has been urged to exploit the hidden treasures in the local culture and the breathtaking scenery in the region.

Kenya Tourism Board Director of Marketing Jacinta Nzioka who met Governor John Lonyangapuo, Kacheliba MP Mark Lomunokol and a group of professionals from the region urged them to promote surrounding hills of Shabaal in Kacheliba Pokot North and Murpus in Pokot South as tourists attractions.

Governor John Lonyangapuo said that the county will work together with the Kenya Tourism Board to market the region as a tourism hub.

West Pokot County is well known for its untapped traditional songs and dances, way of life and its unique homestead arrangement in addition to several hills and mountains.




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