Sunday, June 16, 2024

Kenya Elected to Chair United Nations World Tourism Group for Three Years


Nairobi — Kenya has been elected to chair the United Nations World Tourism Group’s (UNWTO) Committee on Tourism and Competitiveness, solidifying its place as a frontrunner within the world tourism trade.

The announcement was made on the first assembly of the committee held on the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

The Ministry of Tourism stated that Kenya gained the place after two rounds of voting, defeating robust bids from Thailand and Malta.

Tourism Cupboard Secretary Alfred Mutua termed the election an historic second for the nation because it places Kenya able of resolution making in issues that have an effect on tourism throughout the globe.

“This vote demonstrates the arrogance that UNWTO member states have in Kenya’s management and skill to steer the group’s agenda on tourism competitiveness,” Mutua stated.

He added that tourism is a key pillar of the Kenyan financial system, noting that chairing the committee would enable synergy with different UNWTO members in shaping coverage, constructing partnerships, and selling finest practices in tourism.

“We will champion initiatives that can assist in the creation of jobs, defending of the planet in addition to driving inclusive progress that may be felt and be impactful inside communities,” he added.

UNWTO Government Director, Particular Consultant to the United Nations in Geneva, Zoritsa Urosevic congratulated Kenya on securing the chair place acknowledging Kenya’s achievements within the tourism sector.

She expressed confidence within the nation’s skill to guide the Committee successfully.