Kenya lobbies for hosting UNWTO General Assembly

Kenya lobbies for hosting UNWTO General Assembly

eTurboNews Syndication:

Kenya has intensified lobbying to win the bid to host the 24th edition of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly in 2021, this week officials said.

Kenyan Tourism Minister Najib Balala said that Kenya can make a solid case to host the premier event when ending up in UNWTO members at its biannual meeting occurring in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“We will create a solid case for Kenya to host the 24th UNWTO General Assembly meeting in 2021 because the first East African country to take action,” Balala said.

“We shall build on the success of recently-hosted high-level global events in Kenya as a solid reason Kenya ought to be voted as host for the upcoming meeting and desire to secure the victory,” he added.

Kenya will undoubtedly be competing with the Philippines and Morocco in its bid to host the global tourism assembly when tourism ministers from UNWTO member states cast ballots throughout their meeting in Russia this week.

“A win to host the function will enhance Kenya&rsquo greatly;s profile not merely because the preferred travel destination in Africa, but additionally the decision destination for meetings and exhibitions that is another frontier of tourism that people desire to create awareness as well as the traditional beach and safari proposition,” said Balala.

Kenya’s tourism ministry shall leverage on its previous experience in hosting world-class events to lobby over 1,000 delegates from 130 UNWTO member states in the biannual event.

Standing because the leading safari destination in East Africa, Kenyan delegates at the UNWTO meeting will showcase the state-of-the-art conference facilities, scenic attractions, and advanced digital infrastructure to pitch for a chance to host the global tourism assembly.


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Hosting the UNWTO General Assembly is consistent with Kenya’s quest to diversify tourism products and boost forex earnings, officials said.

Kenya was on Tuesday elected the US World Tourism Organization Executive Council member representing Africa at the just-ended 62nd Commission for Africa (CAF) meeting at the UNWTO general assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The East African country shall represent the complete African continent until 2023 at the global tourism summit.

The Kenyan delegation lobbied to host the 24th UNWTO 2021 General Assembly in Kenya on the path to make Kenya a respected Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions (MICE) center.

The primary goal for the African nations meeting at the UNWTO 62nd CAF would be to build on the “Agenda 4 Africa” which will outline what to be studied to understand sustainable tourism through the entire continent within set timelines.

Balala said that Kenyan delegates are likely to create a solid case for Kenya to host the 24th UNWTO General Assembly meeting in 2021 because the first East African country to host the high-profile UN tourism meeting.

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