, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – The Kenya Tourism Federation and Kenya Tourist Board have extended by two weeks the deadline for the Kenya Tourism Awards.
Initially, the nominations for all categories were to close on April 30.
"However due to this new extension, nominations will close on the 13th of May," said Agatha Juma, the Kenya Tourism Federation Chief Executive.
This first ever awards are an initiative designed to recognise and celebrate the diverse range of tourism products and individuals in Kenya who have excelled in both tourism and the media sector.
The Award Gala ceremony will take place on June 23.
The awards are further intended to boost journalists\’ morale and recognition for the good work in promoting the destination, according to the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa.
"I would like to encourage all journalists to participate in these Awards since it will go a long way in promoting the good work the media fraternity has been doing in promoting Kenya as a tourism destination," the KTB MD noted.
A financial reward of Sh50, 000 for winners in each category will be awarded.
Among the categories that will be awarded in the tourism sector include: the Best Accommodation Facility, the Best Entertainment Facility and Tour Operator of the Year.
Other categories include the Air Operator of the Year, Domestic Tourism, the Best Tourism Attraction and the Best Travel Agency.
In the media sector, the media awards will include: the best journalist, electronic media award category, radio, television and print media categories; local dailies and the travel magazines.
Journalists interested in entering the Media Category Awards need to demonstrate an understanding of the tourism sector and authority in tourism reportage.
They also need to show a consistent coverage of the sector for the last six months having original feature stories on Kenya as a tourism destination and a continuous coverage on thematic areas on tourism.
Furthermore, radio, television and print journalists need to show scripts, clips and cuttings of at least six stories on tourism sector respectively.
The jury is made up of a panel drawn from various organizations ranging from conservation, professional consulting, manufacturing, service provision and academia.
Areas of evaluation include sustainability, ethical practices, staff development and sustainable tourism practices.
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