NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Airways and the Seychelles Tourism Board
signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to market the two
destinations in Europe and in Africa on Tuesday.
Airways Managing Director Mbuvi Ngunze told a media briefing in
Nairobi the agreement will ride on Kenya Airways’ extensive
"The aim is to increase inbound tourist traffic into the two
nations that have tourism products that complement each other,"
"By collaborating, we are likely to boost our tourism sectors as
compared to working alone," the managing director added.
The MoU covers promoting intra-Africa tourism through joint
marketing efforts, participation in events across Africa, and
Kenya is known globally as a wildlife tourism destination while
Seychelles has one of the best beach tourism products in the world.
Both nations signed Bilateral Air Service Agreement in 2015, that
gives Kenya’s national carrier the right to undertake unlimited
trips to the island nation.
Ngunze said that Kenya Airways currently flies four times a week
"We want to stimulate more exchanges between the two countries so
as to increase the frequency of Kenya Airways," he added.
Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine
Maurice Loustau-Lalanne said that the MOU will enable both nations
undertake joint marketing public relations campaigns to potential
Loustau-Lalanne said that the agreement will also allow
Seychelles to take fully utilize of Kenya Airways cargo capacity.
"We can use the freight aircraft to exports our products to the
rest of the world," he added.
"We will work together to come up with tourism-boosting
strategies including incentive travels and holiday packages.
"We are excited by the possibilities offered by Kenya Airways and
the supported accorded to us by Kenya," Loustau-Lalanne added.
The two Africa states are also planning to sign a MOU on
comprehensive tourism cooperation in mid May.
The Seychellois official stated that the agreement will focus on
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