Players in the tourism industry have welcomed establishment of Tourism and Wildlife Ministry. Initially, wildlife was listed under Environment.
Kenya Tourism Federation National Chairman, Mohamed Hersi, told Standard Digital they have been pushing for tourism and wildlife to be under one ministry, while Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Coast Branch Executive Officer, Sam Ikwaye, said tourism and wildlife had been designed to function together. “That is how we managed to push tourism to where it is as a country for over 50 years before the Tourism Act was enacted. It was easy to manage the resources.”
Kenya Coast Tourist Association Chairman, Victor Shitakah, said the move to put tourism and wildlife together was long overdue. “We are happy that tourism and wildlife are now to be marketed under one docket. Kenya has more to offer in terms of its unmatched tourism attractions, which include flora and fauna.”