The Problem Tourism is one of the major foreign exchange earner for the country. It
is a fragile, sensitive and delicate sector. It can easily grow and likewise decline.
It is dependent on International as well as local political stability. The dynamics
of investments of investments to this sector have changed over the times, requiring
constant and aggressive promotion of our touristic attraction and National heritage
on the world market to attract significant tourists.
Kenya has failed to promote this sector due to internal political instability such
as land clashes (e.g. Likoni, Molo, Kwisero), cattle rustling (e.g. Turkana, Pokot,
Moyale, Marsabit) and insecurity in major urban centre’s. Furthermore the Government’s
pursuit of a bad foreign policy has put the country at a risk of terrorist attacks,
thereby discouraging many tourists from making Kenya their preferred tourist destination.
Locally, the Government has lacked a clear policy on tourism aimed at promoting the
forms or types of tourism e.g. Beach, Game, Historical, Sports Educational tourism
and eco-tourism. For instance, locals are not adequately involved and or benefit
from this sector. Foreign investors are the major players and beneficiaries of this
sector. Although tourism has economic advantages to the country, it has also negative
impact on the social and moral aspects of the people. For example, it has encouraged
drug abuse, prostitution, homosexualism, lesbianism, human and or child trafficking,
which in turn has seen the rise of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and rise in criminal
Policy Vision Shirikisho envisions a growing tourism sector that is beneficial to
the country and the local population at the same time protecting local values and
Action Shirikisho will:-
1. Contribute to the promotion of international and local political stability.
2. Carry constant and aggressive marketing locally and abroad.
3. Adopt a non-aligned foreign policy to avoid putting our country into conflict
4. Promote local investment in the industry through the Treasury.
5. Formulate policy and/or guidelines and / or framework to protect local interests
e.g. provision of support services such as transport, boat operators, food supplies,
boutique etc be left to the locals.
6. Provide civil education to the locals in order to counter the negative effects
7. Encourage the domestic tourism by introducing attractive packages for the local
people during the low season.
8. Create an independent Tourist Police unit.
9. Devolve the management of this sector to the regions.