Tourism and Entertainment
The Kenyan Government has embarked on a journey to position Kenya as one of the top 10 tourism destinations in the world.The tourism sector is one of the major economic sectors being the 3rd largest foreign income earner after Agriculture and Manufacturing. The enduring appeal of the country's scenery, wildlife, climate and tropical coastline has allowed the establishment of a large hotel industry and a sound tourism base.
Machakos County offers an authentic cultural experience with its natural attraction sites and recreation centers. The county boasts a diverse selection of cultural tourist attractions such as the Fourteen falls, OlDonyoSabuk National Park, The Magnetic hill anti-gravity site, the Masinga dam, Iveti Forest reserve, the Komarok shrine, Machakos People’s park, the 5,000-seater open amphitheatre and the Lukenya hills and many more. The County's hilly terrain and breathtaking scenery is perfect for camping, hiking safaris, ecotourism among other tourist activities.
The county has identified tourism and entertainment as a priority sector where investors are invited to partner with the county on the following strategic focal areas:
o Entertainment, Hotels and Recreation Centers
There is high demand for quality accommodation within the county. Kenya as a country also needs to increase its bed capacity for four-star and five-star accommodation from the current 18%.
o Conference Tourism
There is opportunity to tap into conference tourism given that Kenya’s marketing efforts are positioning the country as a regional hub for doing business. Machakos’ proximity to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport positions the county as a viable meeting and conferencing alternative to the capital city Nairobi.
o Medical Tourism
With a secured investment of over KES.2 Billion (about 23.5 million dollars) from The Nairobi Hospital, and commitment from educational institutions such as Mount Kenya University and the United States International University, Machakos county is still open to support other investors in healthcare by providing land to put up world-class medical facilities that will position Machakos as a healthcare destination for tourists from the region.
o Film Making
Film makers can leverage on the county’s potential in the filming locations, the Machakos Entertainment Center for Film, Media, Music and the Arts (MACHAWOOD), as well as maximize on the zero rating of VAT on film production equipment and services.
o Sports Tourism
Machakos is a centre for cultural, arts and sports. The CAR Africa women’s Sevens Cup in April, The Bamburi Rugby Super Series, The Tusker premier league, The Masaku 7s Rugby Tournament and The East and Central Africa Senior Challenge tournament are some of the sporting activities happening in the county. The county is seeking investment partners in sports stadia, sporting activities and has even set aside land for the construction of a Formula 1 race track.
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