Kenya Tourism Board seeks to boost tourism investment with UAE

DUBAI, — Jacinta Nzioka, Director of Marketing at Kenya Tourism Board, said on Monday that her country is seeking to increase opportunities for joint co-operation in travel and tourism with the UAE.

In an interview with Emirates News Agency on the sidelines of the Arab Travel Market (Forum 2017), which started on Monday in Dubai, she said that Kenya is seeking to discuss investment opportunities with the UAE and the GCC states, with a view to upgrade the Kenyan tourism sector, which has seen remarkable growth in recent years.

“The Kenyan government is determined to encourage tourists from the UAE by reducing the visa entry fees and reduce fees for those less than 16 years, in addition to providing other facilities, especially that the Kenyan capital Nairobi is geographically close to the UAE.”

Nzioka, who heads her delegation to the Forum 2017, noted that her country’s participation at the Arab Travel Market in its previous session has contributed to strengthening relations with the UAE.

During this session, the delegation is looking to increase co-operation between the two countries to benefit from the size and diversity of the travel sector in the UAE, she said.

She explained that the Kenyan delegation sought to highlight local products, tourist attractions and tourist destinations of the country, including the wildlife, safari and other adventures.

Nzioka noted that the Kenyan government was keen on expanding tourism in the Gulf region through its co-operation with local airlines and travel agents. She added that her country has increased the number of flights from Muscat to Nairobi via Oman Air to four flights per week, in line with the strong growth witnessed by the GCC market.

Kenya is a major tourist market for all African and European countries throughout the year because of its scenic nature and family parks.

Source: Emirates News Agency