The County Government of Laikipia hosted an engagement and consultative meeting with the private sector in Nanyuki to mark the first steps to developing a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for tourism.
On 6th July, the Laikipia Tourism Association (LTA) joined the County Government in consultations on how best to promote sustainable tourism and to discuss the formation of a Laikipia Tourism Board. The eventual Board will be interfaces between the Public and the Private Sectors in Laikipia. Its formation however, is dependent on the passage of the Laikipia County Tourism Bill, which is yet to be tabled in the County Assembly.
The LTA, through its Executive Committee urged the County Executive to expedite the passage of the bill which will form the basis of strategies for investment, growth and sustainability in the tourism sector.
In a rejoinder, Finance County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Mr. Murungi, who represented Laikipia Governor, Ndiritu Muriithi, gave an assurance of accelerated passage of the Bill by the County Assembly.
Once this Bill is passed, the tourism board will be involved in county policies and programs related to sustainable tourism sector development. Its success will see Laikipia provide leadership as the first of the 47 counties to develop and test the effectiveness of a PPP in county tourism development.
The County promised a subsidized levy to service providers who will submit waiver request through the Association a move that Laikipia Women Representative Catherine Waruguru, said would strengthen membership of the association.
This comes as great news for Laikipia tourism service providers who are interested in joining the Association as members. The Association is currently on a membership drive to bring together more than 100 Laikipia tourism service providers.
The Association is keen to make Laikipia a model county for sustainable tourism – their focus is on sustainable tourism growth, employment, environmental responsibility, recycling and sustainable energy technology and equitable benefit sharing.