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Government planning vaccination programme for hospitality workers

Government planning vaccination programme for hospitality workers

The government is now working out a vaccination programme for workers in Kenya’s hospitality industry, said Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

Balala said government expects to launch the programme in Nairobi on April 21, 2021.

He made the remarks after the arrival of the inaugural flight from Ukraine, Kiev, to Kenya, at the Moi International Airport (MIA), Mombasa County.

The flight operated by Bees airline, a Ukrainian charter operator landed in MIA carrying 189 visitors from Ukraine.

Of the 189 passengers in the flight, 21 were travel agents travelling for product knowledge and to sample Kenyan tourism products and offering in order to sell the destination to consumers in their country.

The arrival numbers from Ukraine have been incremental over the last few years with Kenya receiving 1,523 visitors in 2017 and 1,892 visitors in 2019.

CS Balala said the government is working out an incentive programme to boost charter flights into Kenya, adding that charter flights play an important role in boosting tourism numbers in kenya during the challenging covid-19 pandemic period.

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