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Tourists flock Lamu for annual cultural festival



Hoteliers in Lamu are set to reap big following a huge turnout of local and international tourists, with the comeback of the 20th Edition of the Lamu Cultural Festival.

The 4-day Lamu Cultural Festival is hailed as the holy grail of Lamu’s tourism and festival calendar due to the number of tourists who usually flock to the World Heritage Site for the showcase and allure of Swahili culture.

According to the Lamu County Tourism Department, it is estimated that the return of the Lamu Cultural Festival after the past two year’s break following the COVID-19 crisis, will bring great tides in terms of the economy of the county.

The crisis saw a decline in tourists and a lockdown on the county’s festival calendar. Many guests have had to resort to seeking accommodation from Lamu Island residents, with some home owners making room for guests due to the high demand for accommodation during the Lamu Cultural Festival.

Lamu calendar of events include the famed Lamu Yoga Festival, as well as Eid-Ul-Adha, Maulid festival, food and expo Festival, Lamu fishing competition and Lamu painters and Hat expo.

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