NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27-Kenya on Monday joined the rest of the world in celebrating world tourism day at a time when the industry is yet to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which broke out in 2020.
This year’s theme is Tourism for inclusive Growth.
The sector is one of the worst-hit due to travel restrictions and containment measures implemented across the globe thus shuttling operations of businesses in the hotel and aviation sectors.
Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, in a statement shared, noted the importance of tourism in the lives and livelihoods of people.
“Tourism is about lives and livelihoods. Wherever you go, the experience, the people, and the destination become part of you,” Balala said through Twitter.
Early September, Balala said the sector is expected to return to normalcy in two years.
According to the government, this will be greatly influenced by the vaccination drive taking place globally.
The Ministry of Health has deployed a total of five vaccines including the single-shot Johnson and Johnson to support the country’s campaign to inoculate 27.2 million people.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had promised to have at least 1o million adults fully vaccinated by December 2021.
Other vaccines deployed are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Sinopharm.
Sinopharm is the latest vaccine to be deployed in the country following the arrival of 200,000 doses from China on September 18.
The Ministry of Health said the country would receive more through the COVAX, an alliance co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, and the World Health Organization (WHO).