Kenya is bidding to host the 24th edition of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly in 2021. The bid will be made this week when the congregation of the UNWTO members meet for the bi annual 23rd session in St. Petersburg Russia.
Through the ministry of tourism and wildlife, kenya will be looking at leveraging its past experience in hosting top global events to make a case for the event to be hosted here in 2021. The move is in line with the ministry’s long-term strategy to diversify the tourism product to attract more tourists into the country and consequently enhance the revenue stream.
On average, over 1,000 delegates from over 130 member countries of the UNWTO, attend the five-day bi-annual meeting, translating into millions of dollars in foreign revenue for host countries over the duration of the stay. Commenting on Kenya’s bid for the hosting rights of the event, Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala, said that the country will present a strong case for why Kenya should be the first East African country to host the event, adding that it will raise Kenya’s profile.