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Photo: Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi releasing the drone to kick start the mapping of Tourism and Cultural sites in Busia County on Wednesday. Looking on: CEC for Culture and Tourism Bernard Yaite and Chief Officer in the department Moses Weunda

Busia launches mapping of tourism sites to market the County

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.

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