Kisumu County Minister for Tourism , Culture, Arts and Sports Achie Alai together with Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) CEO Dr Margaret Otieno, presided over the second edition of Kisumu Annual Tourism Symposium (KATS) that took place at the Tom Mboya Labour College.
The symposium, which brings together students from various primary and secondary schools within the county gives students the opportunity to exchange insights on matters tourism, wildlife and environmental conservation.The students also got a chance to share their thoughts on how tourism and culture can be upgraded in the region.
While giving her remarks Achie Alai told the students that she too had been a member of WCK at the age of nine. The minister encouraged the students to have a goal and vision in their lives in addition to chasing it till ‘you get it’. She also thanked Philip Mwangi, tourism officer in the department for creating this initiative. She confirmed that this will be an annual event in the Tourism and wildlife calender in Kisumu.
On her part Dr.Otieno urged the students to embrace positivity in a bid to become successful in their education. She also cited the importance of wildlife conservation in our ecosystem.
Given the fact that trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife,the dignitaries joined the students in planting different species of trees.
The students had earlier made a 1Km procession to create awareness of their cause.
The symposium was in line with the one of the tenets of the county’s department of Tourism of promoting youth tourism from an early age to build generations of young minds that are keen on wildlife and conservation in order to safeguard not only Kenya but also the world at large.
Musician Nahna entertained the guests as Misango Arts ensemble directed by Obat Masira, gave a play titled Mother Africa.
Choreographer Victor Charles also took the students through on the importance of promoting tourism within the region.
Also present at the convention included Kisumu County Tourism Director Thomas Ouko ,Viba Explore Marketing officer Monica Odongo, Kenya Wildlife Service and Wildlife Clubs of Kenya officials.
By Kisumu County Press Unit.