Mombasa County in conjunction with the ministry of tourism, are in the process of sourcing for contractors for an urban regeneration programme that will include works on the proposed Mama Ngina Waterfront and Cultural District. The plan includes transforming the beach into a modern waterfront with a boardwalk and other recreation facilities.
The regeneration programme will also include Jomo Kenyatta Public beach. The national government has already set aside Sh. 600 million for the exercise according to a recent pronouncement by Tourism permanent secretary Najib Balala.
Development of Mama Ngina and Jomo Kenyatta Public beach will involve the redesign and planning of the areas to international standards culminating into iconic recreational seafront features.
The features will include leisure walks, souvenir shopping, entertainment, sporting and other leisure activities, foods and beverages, and relaxation areas.
The beach destination flagship projects also include Little Theatre, a cultural heritage centre to provide a platform for exhibition of the coast’s diverse cultural practices and foster heritage. These are part of the Tourism Ministry’s Agenda 218-2022.
Mombasa county government has recently undertaken a series of projects to beautify the city’s streets and eradicate garbage, which have changes the coastal hub’s outlook. The additions will boost the county’s economic prospects in most sectors including real estate.
Financing of the projects will be done through the Tourism Transformation Fund which was established by the finance Act of 2016 to provide resources for development and transformation of the tourism sector. The Ministry of Tourism has already called for submission of the tenders with a deadline of December 5th, 2018
Tourism contributes about 11% of the country’s GDP and the industry creates 12% of the countries employment according to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.