Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala on Sunday released a rehabilitated turtle back into the Indian Ocean at Watamu Turtles (Local Ocean Trust) in a live webbroadcast via Periscope as part of the #KenyaLive tourism campaign.
Viewers around the world were able to watch live on the web http://www.watamuturtles.com/index.php as an underwater camera on the turtle’s back captures the turtle swimming along the reef in a Make It Kenya Campaign.
The world was also linked to http://www.discoverafrica.com/kenyalive/ which contains all the video footage and pictures highlights of the campaign, including a video of the world’s first live Periscope broadcast from the back of a sea turtle!
Balala, said, after releasing the turtle “The chance to watch the first ever live underwater pictures of a turtle swimming along our reef is an exceptional opportunity to show the world Kenya’s breath-taking coastline in an exciting and innovative way.
The rehabilitated turtle nick named “Kasa Balala “ had been rescued by fishermen two days before headed over to Watamu Turtles Local Ocean Trust for rehabilitation.
Crasper Va , the Local Ocean Trust manager said the organization have rehabilitated and released back to the ocean more than 7,000 turtles since its inception in 1997.
Promoting Kenya coast beaches as a tourist’s paradise.
Earlier Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala launched a sky-diving campaign aimed at exploiting the more resourceful Kenya’ Coast tourism sector through Ocean Sports to attract more tourists in the region and country in general.
Balala who sky-dived from an Aeroplane and landed safely at the Watamu beaches urged both domestic and international tourists to visit and test the more scenic attractions the rich coastal beaches hold for them.
“I am delighted to take part in what will be an exhilarating experience. But there is an important message behind the fun – the Kenya coast is a tourist’s paradise. World class beaches, where you can relax in the sun or get physical with a range of activities like diving and snorkelling along the reef in our marine national parks, kite surfing, skydiving, and even tree-top yoga.
According to Richard Bailey of Garling , a company driving the Make It Kenya campaign a cross the globe, “the live broadcasts by the Make It Kenya and HerdTracker team can be followed on HerdTracker’s Periscope account http://www.periscope.tv/herdtracker. A global audience can also follow the campaign on mobile or tablet, by downloading the Periscope app (free to download) and following the HerdTrackeraccount.”
The CS for tourism also praised the campaign and the new technology applied to ensure Kenya Coast tourism especially the marine eco-tourism is marketed across the globe.
“I hope everyone will log on and watch some outstanding coverage that has never been seen before and share the content on social media as widely as possible. We need to show our support for our tourism industry and. Let’s get one million followers by the end of Sunday.” Mr Balala added.