County tourism chiefs ask State to provide guidelines on game parks

Tourism and trade executives in the 47 counties are petitioning the government to provide proper guidelines on the management of game parks and reserves.

In a two-day forum held in Eldoret recently, the county officials said the government needed to come clean on how wildlife tourist attraction sites would be managed in the counties.

“Some counties for example, manage their wildlife heritage, while the government manages others,” said Philip Melly, Uasin Gishu tourism executive.

The officials noted that national policies and guidelines on tourism don’t trickle down to counties and it was time such issues were addressed.

The forum also sought to come up with harmonised guide books, maps, training procedures and capacity building forums for the various regions.

The officials were concerned that most roads linking tourist attraction sites were in a poor condition yet they were managed by the central government.

“Some of these roads that lead our tourists to the sites are inaccessible but can’t be improved by the counties as they are under the national government,” added Mr Melly.

The county tourism chiefs also sought frameworks through which they can profile and market their regions’ products.

A harmonised structure of tourism branding will be established in another meeting soon to be held in Nairobi, where guidelines on the same will be drafted.

Private tourism stakeholders and service providers will also be brought on board.