Mombasa, Kenya – As the sun set over the coastal city of Mombassa, tourists were left with a simple question: How to see these sites?
“The question is, how do you go about visiting all of these sites?” asked Jazmin Lomana, a guide for a local tourism agency.
The country has over 60 tourist sites in total, but Lomane said they are scattered across the city.
“It’s difficult to go to every one of them,” she said.
“There are more than 60 different tourist sites scattered throughout the city, but we only know about three that are actually open for visitors.”
A tourist’s guide explains how to see the sites in Mombas tourism guidebook.
Photo: Jazmine KwaengsoloThe National Tourism Authority of Kenya (NTIAK) is trying to get tourists to visit these sites and their attendant attractions.
“We know that the most important thing is to have a good travel plan,” NTIAK director of tourism Jazmihu Haji said.
But with some of the more remote tourist sites still closed due to the monsoon, there is a risk that the tourism industry may not be ready to take on the daunting task of managing all of the sites.
The NTIAV is looking to expand its tourism strategy by developing a list of the most remote tourist attractions and their associated attractions, as well as developing the tourism economy and making it more attractive to visitors.NTIAEK is also looking to attract tourists to the remote areas by offering a new tourist destination at the edge of the city that is not yet open for public use.
Tourism is the mainstay of the economy in the coastal province, but with the drought worsening, tourism is being squeezed as the monsoons become longer.
“We have to keep on doing what we’re doing,” Lomani said.
“If we don’t, tourism will decline.
We have to look at new strategies to improve our economy.”
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