An artistic impression of the Isiolo International Airport.
Construction of the proposed resort cities in Isiolo and Lake Turkana region has finally been given the green light after the Government allocated land for the two Vision 2030 flagship projects.
These resort cities are expected to boost the economy of Northern Kenya and make the region a preferred tourist destination.
According the Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) CEO, Mr Silvester Kasuku, 2,600 hectares of land at Kipsing Gap have been set aside for the Isiolo city, while in Turkana land has been identified at Elliye Springs for the resort.
The two cities are envisaged under the Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport corridor (LAPSSET).
Mr Kasuku said the resort cities will have five-star hotel facilities, national parks, golf-courses, leisure parks theatres and amusement parks.
He further explained that the resort cities will boost business in the respective regions and Kenya at large. They will also attract investment opportunities and real estate development.
The proposed developments will be operated through a public private partnership. Mr Kasuku disclosed that the Government will provide basic infrastructure and the private sector will establish the businesses on the ground .
“The Isiolo Resort City will tap into the five adjacent parks which are Mt Kenya, Samburu, Meru, Aberdares and Marsabit hence, attracting adventurous tourists who enjoy the ultimate African Safari,” said the CEO.
Isiolo Deputy Governor Mohamed Guleid said construction of an international airport will be completed in August 2015.
This facility said will help boost tourism and provide jobs for the local people. He further expressed optimism that establishing the city will benefit the area’s livestock farmers.
“This will create huge business opportunities among the people. The Government will build a dam to supply water for livestock and domestic use,” he said.
In Turkana, the resort city will take advantage of its historical background as the cradle of mankind. Lake Turkana beach, sun-bathing, fishing and the warm climate will also contribute to the attractiveness of the city.
The LAPSSET booklet states rich cultural festivals and national parks such as Sibiloi, the South Island and Central Island, and the vast oil deposits in the region complete the picture in Turkana. (BY JOSEPH AYONGA)