President uhuru Kenyatta today announced a raft of specific measures aimed at revamping the tourism sector.
He said Kenyans working in corporate and business entities will now enjoy paid up vacations in the tourism sector as one way to energize the industry.
Making the announcement after holding a meeting with tourism sector stakeholders at State House Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the Government is taking specific measures to stimulate the tourism sector including giving at least 25,000 Kenyans a chance to go for a week's holiday every month at the expense of their employers.
Other measures taken to revamp the sector include exemption of VAT Act, 2013; on air ticketing services supplied by travel agents as well as payment of all income tax related refunds owed to tourism industry players by the
The President also said the Government will reduce park fees to USD. 80 for regional and international tourists and to Kshs 1000 for domestic tourists from
To increase flights to Moi international Airport and
To give impetus to tourism sector recovery, President Kenyatta affirmed that all budgetary resources at National Government earmarked for foreign travel in Supplementary II, will be reallocated to domestic travel. He also urged other arms of Governments to do the same.
"The National Government urges the County Governments to reallocate all their foreign travels budgets to domestic travels in order to spur growth of domestic tourism and sustain employment," President Kenyatta stated.
President Kenyatta said the industry has also identified several other measures to complement government's initiatives to revamp the sector.
The stakeholders have pledged to offer better vacation package to Kenyans compared to what they offer international package tours, estimated at about
"The Government and Industry will develop an interactive Kenya Tourism Portal, within a week, to promote and manage booking and distribution of domestic guests under the Tourism Stimulus Program," the President further added.
He affirmed that for the Medium to Long Term Measures, the Government will reconstitute a task Force with a mandate of developing a strategy to address underlying challenges and positioning
Chairman of Tourism Committee in
" I also welcome what has been agreed with the hotel owners where hotels in the beach and in the park will stop selling curious and other wares and instead leave this business to small scale traders,' Said Governor Mruttu.
The chairlady of the Kenya Tourism Federation Ms.
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