Plans are underway to construct an international Kayaking course that will attract other nations to come and practice water sports in the country thus boost the tourism revenue for Kenya.
While speaking to the Nation, Rapids camp manager from Sagana in Murang’a County Mr William Kinuthia said the construction of the Kayaking course to international standards will cost approximately them close to Sh15 million.
“We are targeting to host such nations for practice sessions from November to March periods since most of their rivers are usually frozen,” he said.
The project targets nations that usually travel elsewhere for practice sessions during the winter seasons since their rivers freeze.
The Kayaking course is going to be constructed by the White water camp and Rapids camp.
Mr Kinuthia believes that although the cost of construction is high, the entrepreneurs have decided to take the risk and invest heavily in the promising water sport.
“We have decided to take the risk after receiving requests from other nations and also taken into consideration the investment opportunities that will be created by the games,” he said.
He noted that once the construction is over, international teams will book the venue yearly and this will benefit the country’s economy in a big way.
“The international teams will assist the government by bringing in much revenue as they boost sports tourism,” he says.
He said the construction is starting on January next year and is expected to end on May the same year.
“We are currently working on the course’s measurement which is expected to be 300 meters long,” he said.
The course is also expected to have a river stadium which will enable sports spectators to watch the games conveniently.
“Once the Kayaking course is over, we are expecting to be receiving over 30 teams from various countries per year for the water sports practices and the annual championships,” said Mr Kinuthia.
He notes that this will not only boost the countries revenue income but also attract many nations to witness Africa’s promising water sports tourism capacity.
“The Mt Kenya tourism circuit is also anticipating to attract more investors in the sports tourism to the region which has many resources for constructing sports camps,” he said.
He said the Kayaking course construction is set in readiness for the National and Regional Canoe Slalom Championships that will be held in June 2014 and the Africa Canoe Slalom Cup to be held in October 2014 in Sagana, Murang’a County.
Rapids camp recently hosted the Fourth Canoe Slalom and Canoe White-water Sprint Championships organized under the Confederation of African Canoeing in conjunction with Kenya Rowing and Canoe Association and Sagana Slalom Club.
Adding that international and local tourists will also be invited to witness the thrill of the practice sessions as well as participate at will.
Mr Kinuthia challenged entrepreneurs to see investment opportunities by utilizing the country’s natural resources and boost its economy by mainly creating employment.