, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – This week, two events have pushed the revival of the tourism industry to even greater heights. The first one is the ongoing World Trade Organization ministerial conference that has seen the country hosting up to five thousand delegates.
Hosting such a huge delegation has meant good business for hotels, especially those with world class accommodation. One hotelier, for instance, says that his hotel is full house as a result of the conference.
“Our hotel is fully booked thanks to the ongoing WTO Conference. The timing was also perfect because it is almost Christmas. We do not have available accommodation until next year and we are very happy,” said Bidwood Suites Hotel General Manager Ambrose Mwendwa.
It has also validated the country as a safe and ideal destination for business travellers.
The second event is Kenya being voted as the world’s leading safari destination by World Travel Awards (WTA) beating countries such as Zimbabwe and South Africa among others.
The ‘Oscar’ of the tourism industry voted for Kenya in different categories which include Africa’s leading airline in the business class category which Kenya Airways won.
The major endorsement of Kenya Airways will likely revive the name of the national carrier after the turbulent times it has been facing such as recording Sh25.7billion in losses.
Diani Beach scooped Africa’s beach destination putting the country ahead of other contestants. Other winners include Africa’s leading cruise port which Port of Mombasa won, Africa’s leading Eco-Lodge scooped by Sanctuary Olonana and Africa’s leading Green Hotel won by Nairobi Serena Hotel.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve also won Kenya Africa’s leading National Park while Finch Hattons won Kenya Africa’s leading Safari Lodge. Additionally, Diani Reef Beach Resort and Spa scooped the continent’s leading spa resort.
Kenya Tourism Board was also a big winner scooping Africa’s leading tourist board.
Twiga Tours was also a big winner taking the world’s leading luxury safari company and the world’s responsible tourism award. It also clinched Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award and Africa’s leading luxury Safari Company.
“We congratulate Kenya on this deserving win and encourage the country to continue their commitment to preserving the unique heritage bestowed to the country for the sake of generations to come,” said WTA President Graham Cooke adding that Kenya’s win was an endorsement of the destination known as home to authentic safari.
These events follows other successes such as hosting Pope Francis late last month and US President Barack Obama in July which put Kenya on top of the tourism map.
They also come at a necessary time after the tourism industry faced problems following close to two years of turbulence in the industry after isolated terror attacks cases made Kenya get served travel advisories bringing tourism on its knees.