More than 50 key players in the tourism sector head to London for a four-day annual World Travel Exhibition, which starts Sunday.
The international event expects to drum up support for the industry in the face of threats by recent kidnappings of foreigners by Al Shabaab bandits from inside the country. The exhibitors led by Tourism Minister Najib Balala include representatives from hoteliers, tour and safari operators, air transport companies, as well as the Kenya Wildlife services and private ranchers.
A press statement issued by the Kenya Tourism Board’s (KTB) London office indicated that apart from Kenya marketing its’ nature reserves and the pristine white beaches, the Kenya tourism board will this year unveil at the exhibition a comprehensive golf guide for visitors to the country to discover its many spectacular courses and facilities.
Close to 150 golfers, the statement said, will compete in the annual Kenya Open Golf Championship. This years’ tournament, was played at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi, and next years’ event will take place at the same venue.
“With the sustained growth of African tourism, Kenya has emerged as a significant player in the highly competitive field of international golf tourism. The credentials of its golf courses saw the country outshine 100 others to win the coveted title of ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ at the International Association of Golf Tour Operators annual awards.” the statement said.