|Tourist development in Africa: the case of Kenya|
Duah Boamah, K. (1992). Tourist development in Africa: the case of Kenya. MSc Thesis. Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Brussel. 54 pp.
Vrije universiteit Brussel,Faculty of Economics, Social and Political sciences, Department of Industrial Location and Development-Tourism
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|Document type: Dissertation|
Tourism has played and will continue to play a significant role in the economic developments of Kenya. The participation of the public and the private sector within the industry has helped in the development of the appropriate infrastructure and services and thereby facilitating the overall growth and success. However, it should be realized that the development of tourism has not been without costs. Much of the private sector involvement is dominated by vertically integrated foreign companies and multinational corporations thereby undermining the country’s independence and eroding much of the benefits that could gone to the state. This situation however is not peculiar to tourism alone since the economy as a whole is dependent on foreign countries. For Kenya to enjoy the full benefits of its tourist development the need exists for local intervention especially at the local level. It should not confine its efforts solely on international tourism, as is presently the case, because domestic tourism also fulfills an important economic function. By contributing significantly to a shift in incomes from the urban centre to the rural regions, domestic tourism helps to reduce emigration from these areas and the increase in urbanization. Furthermore, there should be a proper coordination and cooperation between the public and the private sector, as well as between the local and external institutions in solving the problems of unevenly distributed costs and benefits ensuing the tourist sector.