NAIROBI: 21st November 2023
County Executive for Inclusivity Public Participation and Customer Service, Dr Anastasia Nyalita was among Senior government officials who attended the ongoing East Africa Regional Tourism expo and the 13th magical Kenya travel expo at Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC).
Dr. Nyalita who represented H.E. Governor Sakaja and read his speech “We gather not only to explore the immense potential within the tourism sector but also to forge meaningful collaborations in and within the region that will raise East Africa to new heights as a premier destination on the global tourism map.”
“As we embark on this journey together, it is essential to recognize the pivotal role that tourism plays in shaping not only the economic landscape but also the cultural fabric of our region. Tourism has the power to transcend borders, fostering understanding, and creating connections that go beyond the realms of business. East Africa, with its rich history, diverse landscapes, and warm hospitality stands as a testament to the allure and potential of tourism in this.”
The County Executive said Nairobi’s strategic location serves as a gateway to the wonders of East Africa. The city is not merely a destination but a hub connecting travellers to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Kenya and the region. The allure of the Great Rift Valley, the majesty of Mount Kenya, and the pristine beaches of the Indian Ocean—all within a stone’s throw—make Nairobi an ideal starting point for an unforgettable journey.
The commitment of the Kenyan government, and of our regional partners, to sustainable tourism is evident in initiatives aimed at preserving our natural treasures and promoting responsible travel. Added Dr. Nyalita
“From wildlife conservation to community-based tourism, Nairobi is at the forefront of the region’s efforts to ensure that the benefits of tourism are shared equitably, leaving a positive impact on both the environment and local communities. As a city we have a lot to show including being one of the only cities with a national park and boasting the second largest natural forest in a city.” She said.
Said Dr Nyalita “This is a city of contrasts, you can enjoy a game drive in the morning, have a business meeting during the day and take a leisure walk or ride a bicycle in the forest in the afternoon and of course enjoy a wide array of foods and entertainment places in the evening. This is a cosmopolitan city with unique features for both the locals and tourists.”
She said that Nairobi also celebrates the vibe of this city annually. “Next month, from the 12th to 17th we will hold the second Nairobi Festival, in Uhuru Park. This is an opportunity to enjoy the arts, music and culture this city has to offer. It’s a Vibe and I invite you all to attend.”
The County Executive expressed gratitude to the organizers for choosing Nairobi to host MKTE. She said that it signified a shared commitment to unlocking the full potential of East Africa as a global tourism destination. “Together, let us explore avenues for collaboration, innovation, and sustainable development, ensuring that we continue to captivate the hearts of travellers from around the world.”