MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday called
on tourism stakeholders in the country to be creative and
improve the quality and range of services so as to compete
President Kenyatta pointed out that it will
not be useful to do major tourism marketing campaigns if the
sector does not offer high quality services.
Kenyatta commended the ministry of tourism and wildlife, and
stakeholders in the sector for the remarkable growth and
emphasized the need for the sector to ensure that local host
communities also benefit from tourism.
"For example, we need to involve the locals and ensure that
young people get employment by creating openings for them in
areas like selling curios and other small businesses," he added.
Kenyatta urged the stakeholders to partner with the
government in boosting the sector by contributing to
deradicalization efforts and improving security.
"So long as you make the local people to be part of the
sector, you will be helping to improve security and benefiting
the locals," he noted.
Latest statistics from the ministry of tourism and wildlife
said Kenya earned about 157 billion shillings (about 1.55
billion U.S. dollars) from tourism in 2018, up from 1.18 billion
dollars in 2017, reflecting a 31.26 percent growth.