Government maps out land for Isiolo resort city

Artist's impression of the bird's eye view of Isiolo Resort City.
Artist’s impression of the bird’s eye view of Isiolo Resort City. PHOTO/COURTESY
The government has mapped out 6,200 acres of land on which the proposed Isiolo resort city will be constructed.

Located at Kipsing Gap – about 20km west of Isiolo town, the parcel of land is valued at Sh6 billion at the current market rates. The land will, however, not be bought outright as it is held by the County Council of Isiolo as trust land on behalf of the government.

“We are just waiting for the county council (of Isiolo) to approve our request before we proceed with the designs,” said Simon Korir, the chief economist in the Ministry of Tourism.

Isiolo will be Kenya’s first resort city under Vision 2030, aimed to boost growth in the tourism industry. The construction of the city will be funded through a Public, Private Partnership (PPP) to the tune of Sh15 billion of which Sh6.8 billion will be raised from the private sector.

Isiolo resort city will be located in close proximity to major tourist attractions including Mt Kenya National Park, Samburu National Park, Meru National Park, Shaba National Park and Buffalo Springs.

It will include high-end tourist facilities including accommodation facilities, amusement parks, water sport facilities, art exhibition, theatres for international festivals, as well as skiing and golf courses.

An international airport will also be constructed in the proposed city as a node for a pipeline, railway line and highway to be constructed under the Lamu-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor.

Similar resort cities will be built in Lamu, Diani, Kilifi and Lokichoggio near Lake Turkana, aimed to help the government increase expenditure per tourist to Sh70,000 up from the current Sh56,000.

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