MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 7 – Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday called the government to do away with bureaucracies that are bottle-necks in developing the tourism sector.
According to Odinga, the bureaucracies at airports by customs officials have become hindrance in growing the sector.
“We have to deal with bureaucratic red-tape. Tourists landing in our airports are frustrated by customs officials to declare the cargo, even clothes and bikinis, they have come with,” said Odinga.
He said Kenya needs to develop strategies to become competitive like Dubai.
Odinga’s remarks came after announcement by Cabinet Secretary that the Tourism Sector Performance Report 2018 shows that the country earned Sh157 billion last year up from Sh119 billion in 2017, which is a 31.26 per cent growth.
Balala said international visitor arrivals increased from 1.47 million in 2017 to 2.02 million in 2018.
This was a 37.33 per cent growth.
Domestic tourism bed occupancy increased from 3.64 million in 2017 to 3.97 million in 2018, depicting a 9.03 per cent increase.