Kenya has been feted as Africa’s leading tourist destination in 2020 by the World Travel Awards (WTA).
The announcement was made on Wednesday, November 11. coinciding with WTA’s inaugural Africa Winners Day.
The tantalising cocktail of the epic Savannah landscape, immense herds of wildlife, and palm-fringed coastal beaches are some of the resources WTA banked on to vote Kenya as the #1 tourist destination.
In a day that saw Kenya’s star shining bright, the country’s thriving capital-Nairobi was also named ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination’ with the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) feted as ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’.
A delighted Kenya Tourism Board Chairperson Jimi Kariuki said that the latest awards are a big encouragement to Kenya’s tourism sector. Kariuki said that the awards prove that even with the COVID-19 pandemic-which has had adverse effects on the sector, Kenya still remains top tourists destination in Africa.
Kariku exuded confidence in implementing initiatives that will see Kenya remain top in tourism in the years to come.
Other Kenya Awards
In the hospitality sector, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s unique comforts in the shadow of Mount Kenya was chosen ‘Africa’s Leading Hotel’.
Aberdare Country Club, Kenya was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Green Hotel’.
Kenya Airways picked up both ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’.
WTA founder Graham Cooke said: “Our winners represent the very best of Africa’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”