In an effort to increase tourism in the nation, senators are pressing for the construction of airports outside of Nairobi to meet international standards and enable direct flights.
The legislators argued that currently, it is only Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) receiving direct flights as opposed to airports in areas endowed with tourism sites like Taita Taveta and Maasai Mara.
They also encouraged the government to reinstate low-interest loans with a 5% advance rate for those who work in the tourism industry in order to stimulate the industry.
One of the industries particularly hard struck by the coronavirus epidemic, which saw foreign nations ban international flights to combat the plague, is tourism.
Senators are now requesting that the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife develop strategies for expanding.
“Tourism is a top foreign exchange earner in many countries. The multiplier effect of the sector in trade, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and transport sectors has led to improvements in the socio-economic wellbeing of Kenyans. The Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife must now roll out a recovery plan to revive this sector since the global slump in tourist numbers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Okenyuri.