Kisumu County government has received support from the Ford Foundation and UN Habitat to set up two arts and theatre centres to nurture talent amongst the youth and promote tourism.
Area Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathews Owili said the two centres were expected to tap into the rich cultural heritage of the Luo community and use it to attract tourists to the lake side county.
Owili said once completed, the centers would be equipped with state of the art equipment to support arts, music and theatre.
He added that the County government would in the 2018-2019 financial year, allocate funds to build a third arts and theatre complex.
He said the centre would support arts, culture, theatre and heritage up to the sub county level, with a view to marketing Kisumu as the local destination of choice.
“Our culture and music has a rich history that needs to be exploited for economic benefit,” said the governor.
Speaking during a media launch of the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Day, Dr. Owili said apart from promoting culture and arts, the county government would promote Kisumu as a film making destination which was expected to put the county on the world map.
He added that special packages had been developed to attract visitors from the neighbouring counties.
“We have a wide range of attraction sites which we have mapped aimed at promoting domestic and foreign tourism,” he said.
The Lake Victoria Tourism Association Chairman, Dedan Olao said Kisumu has a lot of untapped potential in tourism, while calling for partnership between stakeholders and the county government to promote it as a destination of choice.
He said the county has over 300 hotels and could accommodate over 10, 000 guests at a go but the facilities were largely underutilized.
However, the local tourism sector has recorded losses after the contested August 8th elections but the situation was expected to stabilize after the repeat elections.
The United Nations World Tourism Day celebrations would be held at the Kisumu Museum on 27th September 2017, giving visitors the opportunity to sample the serene Impala Sanctuary, Dunga Beach, Lwang’ni beach and be taken around the lake.
via Kenya News Agency