The 5th Edition of Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) which kicked off on Thursday at a Diani resort in Kwale have attracted over 176 exhibitors comprising of travel and tour agents and investors in hotel industry from parts of Africa, Europe, Asia and Middle East.
The travel expo running from October 15th to 17th at Leisure Lodge in Diani, South Coast was officially opened by Cabinet Secretary East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Ms. Phyllis Kandie.
Speaking during the opening, Ms. Kandie said she was convinced the presence of many stake holders at the event was a positive endorsement of Kenya’s reach tourism industry.
“Last year we had 136 exhibitors but this year we have increased to 176 that tells you that the world has confidence in Kenya,” added Ms Kandie.
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya also present at the expo took pride in hosting the event adding that Kwale and Diani having been voted as the best destination in Africa, was the best place to host this year’s event.
Single Tourism Visa.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers called on Kenyans to take advantage of the East African Market and explore more investments opportunities available in the large region.
The Association CEO Mike Macharia said “There is a lot of cross-border trade that is taking place now where people do no need to apply for a passport you can just use your ID to move across the three countries”
East African East Africa Tourism Platform EATP Co-coordinator S Ms. Carmen Nibigira said Rwanda ,Kenya and Uganda are already using the single tourist visa and are in the process of getting Burundi and Tanzania to join them.
“We have already launched a campaign with the help of Kenya Tourism federation and also with their counterparts in Rwanda and Uganda to sensitize people about the single tourist visa. By the end of August this year, we have recorded over 4000 people that have applied for the visa” said Ms. Nigibira
She added that plans are underway to have visitors tour the three country using one visa.