Kenya is a global tourist destination, and arguably one of the best safari destination in Africa. Once again the country is in the global arena. This comes after Maasai Mara National Reserve was voted the leading national park in the continent at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Maasai Mara overcame stiff competition from South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve among others.
In his speech during the event that happened on Tuesday evening at the Rwandan capital, Graham Cooke the World Travel Awards founder and president commended Africa for shinning the lights of world tourism and congratulated all the winners.
Kenya’s Diani Beach in Kwale County was also feted at the awards. It was named the leading beach destination for the fourth time in a row seeing off competition from four other coastal countries.
WTA recognizes, celebrates and reward excellence across all sectors of the global tourism and travel industry.
Kenya Tourism Board was also voted as the best tourism body in Africa beating competition from 10 other countries including South Africa, Egypt, and Morocco.
Kenya Airways was voted Africa’s leading airline for the Business Class category.
These achievements come against the backdrop of an increased government spending to boost the tourism industry and increased international tourist arrival.
The country has suffered subsequent attacks from Al Shabaab which has had a negative impact on the tourism industry with many countries previously warning their citizens from traveling to Kenya in the wake of the attacks.
There is hope for Kenya with statistics from the Kenya Tourism Board showing there was increased international tourist arrival in 2016 by about 17 percent.