Stakeholders agree on central curio market

August 12, 2008
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, NAIROBI, August 12 – Hotel owners, beach curio operators and the Ministry of Tourism have reached an agreement that will see hotels no longer stock curios in their premises.

The agreement will see the stakeholders working together to mutually benefit from the arrangement.

Speaking to Capital Business, Tourism Permanent Secretary Rebecca Nabutola said the arrangement precedes the establishment of a high-class market in a beach plot in Mombasa.

“We are in the middle of negotiations for the land after which the design of the market will be developed,” she said.

Though not in a position to state how much funding had been set aside for the project, Nabutola explained that the agreement presented a win-win situation for all involved.

The plot, which is along the Bamburi Beach, will be used by the vendors to sell their wares with assistance from the hotels who will direct their visitors there.

“This then means that the hotel gains privacy for their visitors who have over time complained of harassment at the beach front, while the vendors gain a living without competing with the hotels,” Nabutola noted.

The ministry is hoping to have the market ready by November this year, a month before the industry’s high season begins.

The Permanent Secretary said the ministry hopes to set up these kinds of markets in all tourist circuits in the country.

“We will first start with South Coast, before proceeding to all other destinations,” she concluded.

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