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19th June, 2014.
L-R: Hon. Eng. Shadrack Manga MP, Kuria East Constituency, Minister of Tourism, Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, Dr. Ann Kinura, Tourism Secretary, and Managing Director, Kenya Tourist Board, Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa at the media parley in Abuja, Nigeria. (Photo: Omololu Olumuyiwa)

Kenyan Minister, KTB woos Nigerian tourists

By Omololu Olumuyiwa

The Kenya Minister of Tourism, Cabinet Secretary, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie has reiterated the commitment of the Kenya government to ensure that the country is a preferred destination in Africa and most especially for Nigerians on leisure, holiday and business visits.

Kandie disclosed this during the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) interactive session with the media at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja recently.

In her words, "To make certain that Nigerian tourists face no difficulties in the procurement of visa to facilitate their trips to Kenya, our government as introduced the issuance of visa-on-arrival to some categories of tourists to fast-track and ease the visa problems on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi."

"Abuja is just about four hour's flight to Nairobi, with the commencement of direct flights by Kenya Airways to Nairobi from Abuja, passengers now have good opportunity to travel to Kenya even for weekend to explore our various captivating tourist attractions", Kandie said.

With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Kenya, the minister hinted that promoting and enticing African visitors to the two countries are now paramount.

She elaborated further that visitors to Kenya will even enjoy the climate even better than what they experienced when they travelled to Europe as the country is endowed with favourable climate and right place for unrivalled safari expedition.

In his contribution, the managing director, Kenya Tourist Board, Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa said, "As a way to make Kenya one of the leading conference tourism destinations, the construction of a conference centre with the capacity for 15,000 delegates is in progress".

Also, the newly built 4 million passengers Terminal 4 at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport will soon be commissioned as a way to ease the airport for the flow movements of visitors while the capacity is expected to cater for about 20 million passengers by 2017.

On the security challenges, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie said the government is not relenting in her efforts to eradicate any problems that may associate with security issues to guarantee safety of all the visitors.

"Security problems is not been faced by Kenya alone, as you are aware, it is a global issue and that is to let you know that despite any negative reports or wrong insinuation, Kenya is still safe for tourists, friendly and fascinating", Kandie said.

Those who were with the minister at the media parley included Dr. Ann Kinura, Tourism Secretary, Fatima Bashir, Regional Manager, Kenya Tourist Board, Hon. Eng. Shadrack Manga MP, Kuria East Constituency and Hon. Samuel Busasi, MP.

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