Kenya strengthens bid to host the 24th edition of the UNWTO General Assembly in 2021

Published on : Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kenya has strengthened its lobbying for winning the bid to host the 24th edition of the UNWTO General Assembly in 2021.


Najib Balala, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife said that Kenya will make a strong case for organizing the premier event when UNWTO members hold a biannual meeting this week in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Balala said, “We are going to make a solid case for Kenya to host the 24th UNWTO General Assembly meeting in 2021 as the first East African country to do so. We will build on the success of recently hosted high level global events in Kenya as a strong reason why Kenya should be voted as host for the upcoming meeting and hope to secure the victory.”


Kenya will be competing with the Philippines and Morocco for hosting the global tourism assembly when tourism ministers from the UNWTO member states cast ballots during their meeting in Russia that runs from Sept. 9 to 13.


“A win to host the event will greatly enhance Kenya’s profile not only as the preferred travel destination in Africa, but also the choice destination for meetings and exhibitions: which is the next frontier of tourism that we want to create awareness in addition to the traditional beach and safari proposition,” added Balala.


Kenya will display its state-of-the-art conference facilities, scenic attractions and advanced digital infrastructure to get an opportunity to host the global tourism assembly.


As per Kenya’s ministry of tourism, hosting the UNWTO general assembly is in line with Kenya’s mission to diversify tourism products and boost foreign exchange earnings.


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