By MN Reportero
Migori county government will set aside Sh100m to improve tourism at Thim Lich Ohinga, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Through the County Integrated Development Plan running for five years the amount will be used to construct a cultural Tourist Resource Centre.
Sh4m have already been set aside to buy land adjacent to the site at the dry-stone walled settlement was acknowledged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site in 2020.
Migori tourism development officers, Collette Odhiambo and Jacob Ademba told Migori News that this will put into high gear aggressive marketing of some of its rich cultural and archeological sites to attract more tourists. “We will do it in three phases, within the next five years starting the next financial year,,” said Odhiambo
“ Migori County authorities are now making efforts to transform the vast and cosmopolitan region around being one of the country’s top ten tourist destinations,’’ said Ademba
Already, Ademba disclosed they have secured land at a cost of Sh4million, to construct the Tourist Resource Centre, adding the County also has rich traditional cuisines that are still unknown to many.
He told journalists at the end of a five days training of hotel owners and service providers organized by the Tourism Fund at the Treat House Resort in Migori that plans are well in the tourism sector.
Currently, some of the tourist attraction sites, Migori boasts of but is under-marketed include the sandy white beaches on the shores of Muhuru Bay, and Macalder gold mines, one of the biggest sites in East Africa.
Then there is Gogo Falls, in Uriri sub-County, Got Kweru- the religious pilgrimage site of the Legio Maria sect, Mugabo caves in Senye and Chinato caves in Nyatike and Kuria East sub-County.
Other key little-known tourism markets are Komotobo crying stone in Kuria East, a beach holiday in Sori-Karungu and Muhuru Bay, Business and conference and cultural tourism, and diverse community tourism.
Then there is Lakevictoria Basin. The Lake is drained by six major rivers, Kuja-Migori, Sio, Yala, Nzoia, Kibos, Lie-Lango, Awach, Asawo, Sondu Miriu and Nyando.