A big boost for tourism as East African Tourism body gets feted

A big boost for tourism as East African Tourism body gets feted

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CS Tourism Najib Balala left and UNWTO delegates in Spain .

East Africa private sector body, East Africa Tourism Platform (EATP) has emerged First runner up at the 12th UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)Awards for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance for its multi-destination knowledge management.

EATP was among a total of 17 projects from Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe that were selected from a total of 109 candidacies, as finalist of the 12th UNWTO Awards on Excellence and Innovation in Tourism.

Winners in the four categories of Public Policy and governance, Research and Technology Enterprises and Non –Governmental Organizations(NGOs) were announced Wednesday night at the UNWTO Awards Ceremony and gala dinner at Fitur in Madrid ,Spain.

The Award recognizes initiatives that are highly innovative and managed by a public or public-private institution that reflects tangible and sustainable improvements in policy, processes, and

Speaking after receiving the award on behalf of the Five countries, EATP Regional Co-ordinator Carmen Nibigira says the Multi-destination Knowledge management tool developed by EATP was nominated and awarded for its works towards an inclusive model of tourism governance which involves diverse tourism stakeholders.

“Through this tool, regional tourism stakeholders have started trading each other’s products, packaging tourism products without borders, bench-marking among themselves and learning from each other.

We are one people, but with a rich cultural diversity that needs to be tapped and harnessed for the benefit of developing tourism and our economies at large” said Mrs Nibigira

Kenya Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala who was at the event lauded the win as a big boost for the East Africa Tourism Product.

Nominees in the category of Public Policy and Governance for the 12th UNWTO awards included East Africa Tourism Platform Multi-destination knowledge management tool; a public sector initiative to fight the sexual exploitation of children in the tourism sector in Medelin (Colombia), a project by the government of Banyuwangi in Indonesia promoting ICT in tourism and the Green certification Programme of Puerto Rico.