Citizens of Kenya have been called upon to utilize local tourism to help revive the economy, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ambassador of the Tembea Tujenge Kenya Initiative, Maina Kageni, made this call during the launch of the initiative’s campaign in the Machakos County, urging the locals within Nairobi, Machakos, Kiambu and Kajiado who are still under lockdown to visit tourist attraction sites within the four counties to boost economic prospects, even as there is continued enforcement of strict COVID-19 protocols.

Sponsored by Tourism Fund, Safaricom, Isuzu East Africa, Vivo Energy and Bee Tee Concepts, Maina spoke while paying a courtesy call to Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutual, cautioning Kenyans to make sure they observe the Ministry of Health coronavirus measures in order to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

“Let’s embrace domestic tourism even as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the only way we can revitalize our economy,” he said.

The Governor of Machakos, Alfred Mutua, on his part, noted that his administration has set the stage for the development of domestic tourism in the county while taking preventive steps to handle Covid.

“In Machakos County, we lead while others follow. We have established modern places that support domestic tourism. Our County was also the first one to cushion residents and visitors from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic” he said.

Buying into the advice would prove to be a significant boost for the Tourism Industry in Kenya involving Hotels, restaurants and travel agents which has been seriously affected by the pandemic and restrictions that have followed, putting thousands of businesses and jobs at risk after establishments were ordered closed.