, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – The Slovak Republic is for the first time planning to bring a batch of 200 tourists to Kenya this July, with the aim of strengthening tourism and economic relationship with Kenya.
Tourism Minister Dan Mwazo who visited Slovakia early this month, says his ministry through the Kenya Tourism Board, is now focusing on new tourist markets especially in Eastern Europe.
The tourists are expected to be in the country for a week.
The minister has however called on more relationship not only in the tourism sector but also investment sector with Slovakia.
Mwazo has urged businessmen from Kenya to also seek market for their products in Slovakia and the neighbouring countries.
“If all these people are delighted and happy, I am sure word of mouth from the 200, will build up to 1,000. That is even why we have requested them, to come not only with tourists, but also bring some media people from that country (for them to) see the beauty of this country and when they go back there, we promote tourism using them,” said Mwazo.
The Slovak envoy to Kenya Michal Mlynar said his country plans to spend at least Sh128 million in Kenya this year alone in development projects.
The republic is already running 27 projects at a cost of Sh353 million, in the health, education, energy, rural development and agriculture sectors.
“On top of that, the embassy is administering something we call small grants, where we provide grants of about five thousands Euros (Sh535,000) to Kenyan NGOs. Last year we had such 10 such small grants, in various parts of Kenya. This year, there will be at least 20,” said the ambassador.
Other future economic cooperation between the two countries will include infrastructure, water and waste management and Information Technology.