Betty Radier has been appointed as the new Kenya Tourism Board chief executive following an extensive recruitment process. Announcing the appointment, KTB chairman Jimi Kariuki said the board was confident Radier had the right qualifications to steer KTB and the country’s tourism sector into great new frontiers.
Amadeus, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, and the ministry of tourism of Kenya have agreed to work together to help young people and women in underprivileged communities access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the travel and tourism industries. The pilot programme is scheduled for launch in Kenya before the end of 2017.
Breaking Travel News talks to Jacinta Nzioka Mbithi, chief executive, Kenya Tourism Board, at World Travel Market 2016. Here we find out more about recent cooperation with the east African community, new airlift into the destination and what is on offer beyond safari holidays.
The Kenya Tourism Board is delighted at the decision made by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to remove the travel advisory for further areas of the Kenya coast to include Malindi, situated northeast of Mombasa. The lifting of the advisory for this section of the coast means the area from Malindi to the Tanzanian border is an advisory-free zone and visitors can now access the coast via Malindi Airport in addition to Mombasa’s Moi International Airport and Ukunda Airport in Diani.
Kenya has been elected to the highest decision making body of the United Nation World Tourism Organisation Executive Council. The announcement was confirmed at the 21st UNWTO General Assembly, held in Medellin, Colombia. Kenya’s appointment provides a significant endorsement to the country’s tourism sector as it means that Kenya will now, for the next two years, have a leading role on the UN affiliate body responsible for the coordination of global tourism issues and programmes.
The Kenya Tourism Board had cause for celebration earlier after Kenya scooped nine awards at the annual World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony. At the event, hosted by Kempinski Seychelles Resort, the organisation retained the trophy for Africa’s Leading Tourist Board, which KTB has held for four consecutive years.
Muriithi Ndegwa, managing director, Kenya Tourism Board speaks to Breaking Travel News at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015, hosted by Kempinski Seychelles Resort.
The Kenya Tourism Board has welcomed the removal of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advisory for Mombasa and the entire stretch of the Kenya coast from Watamu to the border with Tanzania. While the south coast has always remained open for business, tourists will now be able to once again enjoy the majority of the Kenya coast, with the only exclusion now being Malindi and areas further north, including Lamu County.
Over 170 hosted buyers from more than 36 countries are currently arriving in Kenya for the annual Magical Kenya Travel Expo which takes place from October 8th-10th. The travel industry event now in its fourth year aims to boost Kenya’s tourism sector with industry professionals and international delegates from across the globe in attendance.
Kenya Tourism Board has successfully defended its title as Africa’s Leading Tourist Board as World Travel Awards winners in Africa & Indian Ocean are revealed. The organisation was among the most successful entrants at the 2014 awards, taking the prize for the third consecutive year, while South Africa Airways took the trophy for Africa’s Leading Airline.
Kenya Tourism Board has said there were no international tourists in the area following the latest terrorist attack on the country. Gunmen attacked Mpeketoni Township, a farming community in Lamu County, later on Sunday, with 48 people believed to have been killed.
The Kenya Tourism has picked up the trophy for World’s Leading Safari Destination award at the Grand Final of the 20th World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar. The award comes just a month after the destination’s tourism marketing agency, Kenya Tourism Board was voted Africa’s Leading Tourism Board by WTA during the Africa ceremony held in Nairobi.