, NAIROBI, Apr 25 — Kenya is a good destination for tourists and the international community should give the country unconditional support a top world tourism official has said.
Speaking this morning when he paid a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi, World Tourism Organization Secretary General, Dr Taleb Rifai said Kenya is a shining example in the tourism sector and that the entire United Nation system supports the country to achieve its goals.
He said terror is a global challenge which requires all nations to join hands in combating it.
“I want to assure you that you are not alone in this, we will support you Your Excellency,” he said.
Dr Rifai called on the international community to give Kenya an absolute and unconditional support adding that the travel advisories issued by certain nations do not ague well for the tourism industry and general development.
“These forces of darkness want to scare people from coming to Kenya but we should not allow them to derail us from our goals,” he said.
He commended President Kenyatta for taking proactive steps in dealing with terrorism by ensuring that the country continues to open up to all visitors from all over the globe.
“You have managed to open up and not closed into yourself as a country, but rather you have brought the world to yourself,” Dr Rifai said.
Dr Rifai said his organization is taking positive action in promoting Kenya as one of the best tourist destination by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government to ensure the sector is sustainable.
He said the MOU is aimed at restoring the image and repositioning Kenya as wonderful tourist destination.
The MOU is to provide the Government of Kenya with a crisis management tool kit and manual to help the country respond to tourism related crisis especially in the international stage.