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Published on : Monday, November 18, 2013
Kenya has received a much need show of support during WTM 2013 in London. It was at a WTM Press Conference called by Mr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO that Kenya received the public words of support they so need following their Nairobi West Gate event.
Mr Rifai, the secretary General of the UNWTO was chairing the press conference accompanied by Mrs Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affair, Commerce & Tourism and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture nd also the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organisation.
The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said as he opened the press conference that terrorism remained just terrorism and had no part to play in people’s daily lives. “Kenya remains a tourism destination I fully recommend and know that the diversity that exists in this beautiful country will please every one on holiday” Mr Rifai said. These words of support made by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation were noted by the gathered press.
Mrs Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affair, Commerce & Tourism used the press conference to give a detailed explanation of the situation of the ground in Nairobi. She said that Kenya as saddened by the act of violence that had taken place, but assured everyone that life was back to normal. “We even staged an International Convention for Hotels in the days after the WestGate incident and that was the susses we had expected it to be. None of the delegates felt any effects from the WestGate event” Mrs Kandie said.
She encouraged visitors to continue to use Kenya for their holidays and assured them of an enjoyable time in Africa.
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organisation was also invited to address the Press Conference. “We are and we remain the closest neighbours of Kenya and we are committed to work together with Kenya to tell the world that we remain a strong tourism region with diversity to please every holiday maker” Minister St.Ange said.
The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands is the regional organisation that re-groups the islands of Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte and the Seychelles and Minister Alain St.Ange is currently in his second term of office as President. The organisation was earlier this year admitted as a Member of the UNWTO.
Source:- Seychelles Tourism