“We are honored to host the upcoming
world congress of tourism professionals and the government will
offer the necessary support to make it succeed,” Balala told
reporters in Nairobi.
Kenya won the bid to host the 79th
world congress of travel and tourism professionals after a stiff
competition from Peru.
Balala noted that the country’s bid to
host the prestigious congress in 2015 was lost due to terror
related attacks that dented the image of resort city of Mombasa.
“The government has put strong
measures in place to enhance safety of delegates and the
facelift of Mombasa city has gone ahead to ensure these visitors
enjoy the ambience,” said Balala.
He revealed that majority of delegates
for the Oct. 17-21 congress will shuttle from Nairobi to Mombasa
via the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) commuter train while the
remainder will use charted flights.
Balala said the government is
anticipating robust growth of tourism sector in the last quarter
when the country hosts a range of activities like Africa Hotel
Investment Forum and Magic Kenya Expo.