The German Embassy representative to Kenya Ralf Pfitzmeir has lauded Lamu county government for its effort in reviving the tourism sector in the area.
“At the backdrop of Covid19 global effects and travel advisories to Lamu, Governor Timamy has demonstrated his commitment towards supporting Lamu’s resilient but fragile industry. My visit to Lamu is an affirmation that we are committed towards making Lamu the most preferred tourism destination for our nationals,” stated Mr. Pfitzmeir.
Pfitzmeir made the remarks while paying a courtesy call to Lamu Governor Issa Timamy where they discussed issues around how Lamu could provide a safe environment for the tourists visiting the region.
Lamu County Governor said that his administration is committed towards promoting tourism and will start a coordinated partnership between the county enforcement officers, tourist police and private sectors towards improving security.
He said that such partnership will in turn make Lamu secure for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Additionally Timamy said that the county Government will soon install CCTV cameras along the sea front to assist in crime deterrent and monitoring activities along the sea front.
“This is part of the effort of creating a sustainable tourism industry with safety and privacy protection,” he added.
He said that travel advisories dampen the tourism sector performance which is the greatest revenue earner for the UNESCO beautiful and historic island Lamu Island.
“My administration has already reintroduced major festivals as part of promoting domestic and foreign tourism in this county,” he added.
Lamu county has for some years been at the receiving end over terror related issues threatening the tourism sector that is the backbone of the locals economy.
The Germany ambassador visit in the area gives a good signal to the area with global and domestic tourists expected to start visiting the region.