Kenya will play host to tourism business people from about 50 countries participating in this year’s Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE), the largest tourism fair in the region organized by Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).
The tourism exposition which is set to run from 2nd to 4th October 2019 will be preceded by tours organized for the business buyers to different tourism attractions across the country from 27th September to 1st October 2019. The fair will be held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi.
“We shall showcase our rich products and experiences to the buyers to enable them to get first-hand exposure of what magical Kenya has to offer before a three-day exhibition,” says KTB Chief Executive Officer Dr Betty Radier.
164 hosted buyers and 20 international media personalities have confirmed participation for the event that has also attracted tourism boards from the region. They include Rwanda Development Board, Uganda Tourism Board, Tanzania Tourism Board, Seychelles Tourism Board and Zimbabwe Tourism Board.
Radier says the expo presents an opportunity for 211 local exhibitors including hotels and travel agencies to benefit from a cost-effective promotional platform that will generate new business through interaction with international trade.
Seminars with compelling themes on current trends in the travel industry will also be presented during the three-day expo.
According to the CEO, the number of hosted buyers and exhibitors recorded a 15% and 3% respectively compared to the 2018 expo, a trend she noted was a testament to the growing recognition of MKTE as Africa’s show of choice as well as Kenya’s global stature as a Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibition (MICE) destination.
Hosted buyers include travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers and trade media from Kenya’s key tourism source markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. According to KTCB, International arrivals closed at 604,690, compared to the same period last year which posted 587,385 arrivals. This is a growth of 2.9%.
Radier added that tourism players are optimistic that close of 2019, will report more arrivals given reduced insecurity incidences and prevailing conducive business environment buoyed with transformative strategies on tourism promotion and marketing by KTB.
BY ALEXANDER MWANGI