Published on : Thursday, October 11, 2018
This new form of tourism by Cranbrook Tours’ in joint venture with locals and Associates Company Limited adds to an ever-increasing global trend in agro-tourism, shifting the sector from traditional animal scenes and culture tourism.
The firm which is domiciled in Nairobi and provides round the clock tour services comprising air booking and ticketing, airport transfers, visa application and hotel management, last month flew in more than hundred horticultural tourists to take part in the just concluded 16th edition of the Naivasha Horticultural Fair.
At the time of the tour, visitors got the chance to visit various flower farms in the country like the Oserian Limited, Finlay Flower and Tambuzi Limited.
Vincent Bett, the founder stated that the niche tourism exposes visitors to the not explored sceneries in the country far away from traditional wildlife and beaches, filling in for low seasons.
“Besides, it is the best way to showcase the country’s diverse investment areas to visitors cum investors. We fly in tourists mostly from Europe, majority from Netherlands, leading flower export market for Kenya,” he said.
Kenya has been a significant producer in terms of floriculture market in the world in late 1980s, with exports of 10,946 tonnes by 1988, which increased to 86, 480 tonnes by 2006, 120,220 by 2010 and 133, 685 by 2016.