KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s profile as a preferred tourist destination has received a boost with the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) winning the bid to host this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa region on 16th October this year. The WTA nominations will recognise excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, thus encouraging nominees to uphold constant improvement in products and delivery of service.
Kenya as a host destination comes hot on the heels of KTBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s award as the AfricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading Tourism Board by WTA in December last year. In February this year, KTB was also honoured as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Best African Tourism BoardÃ¢â‚¬Â in the Africa Safari awards held in London England.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“World Travel Awards (WTA) is coming to Kenya at the right time after a successful and peaceful general election under a new constitution. This has further raised the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s profile as a safe destinationÃ¢â‚¬Â Says KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That WTA has chosen Kenya for the African region ceremony as part of the world grand tour, is an endorsement of the country as a preferred tourism destination in the worldÃ¢â‚¬Â, added the Managing Director.
Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, WTA, added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The selection of our hosts is fundamental to the success of our awards programme, and Kenya as a nation has all the ingredients to rise to the challenge of hosting our Africa Ceremony Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a warm, vibrant and progressive nation, brimming with enthusiasm and creativity. Tourism is vital to KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy, contributing 12 percent to its GDP and sustaining one in ten jobs. The future is bright for Kenya, given the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s overwhelming natural resources, its unrivalled wildlife experiences and pristine beaches.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Kenya is located in East Africa and boasts white sandy beaches bathed by the Indian Ocean as well as the majestic snow-capped Mount Kenya. It is increasingly emerging as an Adventure destination offering activities from hot air ballooning, to authentic cultural interactions with the local ethnic communities, as well as visits to the world renowned Masai Mara, with breath taking safaris and wildebeest migrations, supported by a miscellany of unique superior class accommodation.
For further details, including entry forms and closing deadlines for nominations, visitÃ‚Â www.worldtravelawards.com/nominate.
WTAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2013 Grand Tour will include regional events in the Dubai (UAE), the Maldives, Turkey, Kenya, Peru, Antigua and Singapore throughout the year. The winners of these regional events will progress to the Grand Final, which will take place at the end of 2013.
The ceremonies are widely regarded as possibly the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.
The 2012 WTA Grand Tour ceremonies were attended by more than 3,000 guests from 92 countries, as well as media from 194 TV channels and publications.