Hope Despite CoVID -19 3rd Wave
There seems to be a
glimmer of hope for the Kenyan tourism industry as the first of several
chartered flights from Romania landed at the Moi International Airport,
Mombasa on the 10th of March 2021.
The charter flight had 116 travelers drawn from Romania who are expected to tour and explore different destinations within the country. The flight is the first of nine rotations which commence in March to August 2021.
According to Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO, Dr Betty Radier the flight provided a ray of hope for the industry which had been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also noted that Eastern Europe was a key market that Kenya was banking on for the revival of the sector.
In spite of 3rd Wave fears Dr. Raider is confident that Kenya is doing well in its preparedness against COVID-19 which has enhanced traveller confidence.
“We are proud to receive this flight because it is a sign that the work towards reassuring our clients of their safety within Kenya has been fruitful. We shall continue to market Kenya to the world to ensure that we tap into each available market. That said, this flight is a signal of this growth and confidence in Magical Kenya as a preferred destination,” said Dr Radier.
The KTB CEO further expressed the commitment to fast-track marketing strategies that have kept the destination alive during the prolonged period of the pandemic that has slowed down travel.
Operators in the tourism sector are hopeful that current measures taken to lessen the impact of COVID-19 will be effective including the worldwide vaccinations. Here in Kenya, about 4,000 people have received vaccinations since the exercise begun about a week ago according to the Ministry of health. The government and tour operators look forward to a time when the deadly virus will be under foot and normalcy resume in global travel and tourism.