Khatumo State Gains Access to International Air Travel
Taleex Airport opens the region to international travelers & Diaspora tourism
By Ahmed Hashi
Sunday, December 09, 2012
The recent opening of Taleex airport in Khatumo State of Somalia with its first inaugural arrival flight on 4th Dec 2012 has ushered in a new phase in the development of region. The flight originated from the capital city Mogadishu (which in itself is enjoying a rebirth of freedom & security). This is the first flight of many planned by Khatumo officials who were responsible planning and organizing the air travel facility for the region.
Taleex airport has been named after the great Somali Nationalist hero Sayyid Mohamed Abdalla Hassan, who was the leader of the libration movement to oust the colonial British rulers from Somalia and it is fitting symbol for other regions in Somalia to focus on developing their respective states & cities in order to have a greater impact and speed up the rate of development and recovery of the Somali Federal Republic.
The new travel corridor from Mogadishu to Taleex creates potential economic impact in Khatumo state due the concept of “Diaspora Tourism”. This type of tourism is attracting the overseas Somalis who hail from this region, to come for short term visits either as individuals or bringing their whole families, so that their children reconnect with their roots and have a better understanding of their place in the world. The cash flow brought by these returnees will be able to sustain new hotels, restaurants and other business that target serving the visitors. The economic multiplier effect shall generate local employment right down to the livestock nomad and the farmer providing fresh produce.
The flight is a reflection of the management team behind Khatumo state organization, dedicated, corruption-free and if they maintain this cruising altitude, then Khatumo State of Somalia will be one of the new rising stars in the reborn & improved Somalia.