Kenya bags WTA awards

Mrs Fatuma Hirsi Mohammed , PS Tourism’ is joined by Daudinn Haji , Ministry of Tourism , left  and Wausi Walya of KTB  (left)  to receive some of the awards Kenya was recognized for at the 23rd edition of the world Travel Awards.

Diani and Maasai Mara retain top positions as Africa’s best

Kenya has again shot into global limelight after bagging five top travel awards in a ceremony to recognize the travel industry players.

 The 23rd annual World Travel Awards (WTA), Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands Gala Ceremony held at the Diamond La Gemma Hotel in Zanzibar on 9th April saw Kenya clinching awards.

Maasai Mara National Reserve Africa’s was named Leading National Park for the third time in a row while Diani retained the top position as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination

Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination went to Nairobi while Mombasa clinched Africa’s leading Destination and Africa’s Cruise Port 2016.

Mombasa port has attracted various cruise ships in the recent past and the recognition of Mombasa as a leading destination in Africa is seen as a big win for the coastal product that had suffered a lull.

Kenya’s tourism marketing agency, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) was voted Africa’s Leading Tourist Board for the 5th year running.

Africa’s best

The following institutions were also voted Africa’[s best in different categories;

  • Africa’s leading Airline – Kenya Airways
  • Africa Leading Airline – Business Class – Kenya Airways
  • Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Beach Resort – Diamonds Dream of Africa , Kenya
  • Africa’s Leading Design Hotel – The Tribe
  • Africa’s Leading Family Resort – Leopard Beach Resort and Spa
  • Africa’s leading green Hotel – Nairobi Serena
  • Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand – Serena Hotels

Tourism Principal Secretary, Mrs. Fatuma Hirsi who received the awards on behalf of the sector applauded the industry players who have consistently showcased the country amidst challenging times.

She singled out Nairobi as having become a city of choice for international conferencing and noted that Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) has played a major role in the segment.

“The increase in bed capacity through the entry of international brands like Radisson Blu, Kempinski and the recently opened Golden Tulip Hotel, has enhanced security and improved infrastructure and has seen Kenya meet the international standards for successful bidding to host global meetings’’ she said.

On Kenya’s choice as a safari destination, the PS  noted that Kenya has a world heritage to protect with regards to parks and national reserves through conservation efforts in order to remain the top authentic safari experience.

The WTA celebrates excellence across the travel tourism and hospitality sector. “We are happy with the endorsement that these awards bring to the destination as a whole and we encourage all stakeholders to pull together as we recover the sector”, enthused the PS

Last year, Kenya was voted as Leading Safari Destination during the 2015 World Travel Awards (WTA) held in El Jadida, Morocco, on December 12 beating seven other nominees including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 Kenya’s best

Other winners included:

Kenya’s Leading Beach Resort – Leopard Beach Resort and Spa

Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel – Nairobi Serena

Kenya’s Leading travel Agency – Bonfire Ventures

Kenya’s Leading Travel Management Company – Abercrombie & Kent

Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge – Sarova Shaba Game Lodge