The Government is set to upgrade Kisumu Airport to an international airport, President Kibaki announced on Sunday. The Head of State added that the Government would also build another airport and an airstrip in Kisii. This, he said, was part of efforts to open up Western Kenya as a tourism and business hub. Players in the tourism sector have been gearing up for increased tourist traffic in the Western region following the election of Barack Obama as US president. Very soon people will now be travelling to and from Kisumu and other destinations in Africa once the upgrade of the airport is complete,” he said.
In doing so, anyone who is planning on visiting next year will have an easier time making their way out to the Malava area. The bus ride from Nairobi to Malava is ten hours, while it is only about two hours from Kisumu.