Skal International, the world’s largest travel and tourism organisation with over 17,000 senior travel and tourism executives, chose to hold their 2015 World Congress in Mombasa.
The organising chairman of the Kenyan bid Tony Clegg says this year’s Skal World Congress being held in New York voted overwhelmingly to give Kenya a vote of confidence against a backdrop of global terrorism.
Clegg says the recent harrowing events of a week and a half ago in Kenya were unfortunate and the travel and tourism industry must not be cowed by terrorism, but rather must be united against it.
“Kenya is a secure destination as are New York where we are today… London, Mumbai, Bali or any other place in our world where terrorism has raised its ugly head,” he said.
The Kenyan team comprising 25 members, adorned in traditional attires were led my Julie Dabaly Scott the President of Skal International Kenya.
On her part, she welcomed the victory for Kenya terming it as just what the ‘doctor’ ordered to begin the healing process post Westgate.
“The world stands united with Kenya,” she said.
Over 1,200 delegates are expected to attend the 2015 congress, to be held over a five-day period in November 2015.