Busia Government launched the mapping of tourism and cultural sites across the county on Wednesday with the aim of using available information to market the county locally, regionally and internationally.
Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi released the drone into the air to kick started the mapping exercise outside the County Government offices in Busia Town.
Speaking during the launch Mulomi said Busia has many tourism and cultural sites including boat racing competition on Lake Victoria, wrestling sessions, mountain climbing and caves but had not been brought to the limelight over the years.
” Local tourism has sustained the economies of many countries in Africa including Zambia where the annual Kwomboka movement of the King from wetland to dry land has become an international event
.We should take time to visit these sites considering that local tourism starts with ourselves. I urge the people of Busia, Western and Kenya at large to visit the tourism and cultural sites in Busia once the mapping exercise is complete,” he said.
Mulomi said the drone will be able to give locational directional coordinates, pictorial evidence and be able to satisfy that these sites exists.” At the same time there will be more detailed evaluation of our historical sites.”
The Department of Culture and tourism has identified over 100 tourism and cultural sites across the seven sub counties of Teso North, Teso South, Nambale, Matayos, Butula, Samia and Bunyala.
Among the sites includes Kakapel art rocks and national monument , in Teso North, ,Alupe Leprosy Centre (Teso South), Siosteko Wetland (Matayos), Sango deltas and beach fish (Bunyala), Nahabuka Heritage (Samia), Emakina hills (Nambale) and Sango delta (Bunyala).
Mulomi also called for classification of hotels in the county to make them competitive, adding that this will also get the county in international map.
County Executive Committee Member for Culture and Tourism Bernard Yaite said Busia is a very rich county, thus the need to promote our heritage.
Those present during the launch included Chief officer for Culture, Tourism and Social Services Moses Weunda, Chief Officer for Youth and Sports Joy Wanga and Director for Tourism Patrice Lumumba.