Kenya bids to diversify tourist provision

9th Nov 2012

Kenya has announced plans to use its new federal constitution to show tourists there's more to the destination than safari and the coast.

Newly appointed tourism minister Danzon Mwazo plans to use Kenya's new 47-county structure, which comes into effect next March, to showcase lesser known areas of the country.

"We want to spread tourism in Kenya to every corner," said Mr Mwazo. "Right now it's concentrated in a few places - the coast and the parks - but if everyone can reach tourism money, it can create wealth and employment across Kenya, and that is what I want to achieve."

The minister wants to see each county provide 100 home-stay opportunities, which could include eco-tourism, sports, the nation's tea and coffee-growing regions, and enhancements to its 50-strong game reserves.

Officials say Britain remains Kenya's strongest visitor base, with many Britons falling for its charms.

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