The 2019 World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held in Mauritius, saw Kenya bagging top awards in various categories. Kenya was also named as the host of next year’s Africa and Indian Ocean Gala, boosting it as a leading tourist destination.
The Kenya Tourist Board emerged as Africa’s leading Tourist Board for the seventh consecutive time. Kenya’s big win saw it take 3 Africa destination awards. Nairobi was named as Africa’s leading Business Travel Destination, while the KICC was Africa’s leading meeting and conference destination. Kenya Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, business and economy class. Diani Beach bagged its 6th win as Africa’s leading beach destination.
“We are honoured to have once again been recognized at the World Travel Awards prestigious awards both as a prime destination and marketing agency years running. Tourism data shows there were two million visitors arriving in Kenya in 2018 compared with 1.5 million international check-ins the previous year. I congratulate the KTB team for working tirelessly to continue to make our beautiful country stand out in the highly competitive tourism market,” said KTB CEO, Dr Betty Radier.”
“We are extremely excited and delighted to be able to host WTA in Kenya; the Home of Safari, Tropical Beaches, Rich Culture and Heritage. A fantastic destination that offers exciting authentic experiences.” She added.
The awards come shortly after the Kenya Tourism Board announced their refresh of the Magical Kenya brand with the objective of strongly and continuously promoting and positioning Kenya as an all year round diverse experience tourist destination to retain and attract emerging tourist markets.” Dr. Radier noted that these awards and the increased number of inbound tourists are proof that Kenya’s travel and hospitality industry is definitely on the right track.