Madaraka express set to boost domestic tourism

The Vision 2030 Directorate has hailed the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as a game changer that will unlock and exploit economic opportunities within the regions it passes through through increase in domestic tourism activities.

Dr. Julius Muia, the Vision 2030 Director General says economic blue-print delivery secretariat projects hopes to grow the domestic tourism through the commissioning of the Standard Gauge Railway to cushion Kenya from effects of terrorism and travel advisories.

He said that Kenya’s domestic tourism base holds significant potential for future economic expansion, after years of declining international arrivals driven by security concerns.

The historic flagship project under the Vision 2030 will enhance domestic tourism, create employment opportunities and attract new investments, said the Director General.

He said that the project will hasten the country’s transformation into an industrialized middle-income status in the next 13 years.

Madaraka Express makes it possible for travelers to enjoy the beautiful sceneries of Nairobi National Park and other parks, Kapiti plains, Sporting Wildlife Graze and leisure facilities along the railway line, Kenyans can now afford to travel and enjoy amenities within the coastal strip, said Muia.

Muia said that according to 2016 Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Economic Survey, Kenyan residents have grown to account for a significant portion of total hotel nights in the country, with numbers increasing from 2.6m nights in 2011 to reach over 2.95m in 2017.

Despite the fact that Kenyans have smaller holiday budgets, the popularity of national parks and beach resorts is set to rise, particularly for honeymoons and weddings. In addition, national parks and lakes in the Rift Valley have become a hotspot for domestic tourism due to the subsidized travel expense and a growing portfolio of low-cost campsites on offer, said Dr. Muia.

He added that the SGR will help in navigating transport challenges which have partly hindered Kenya from realizing its full domestic tourism potential.

Source: Kenya News Agency