Kenya has been voted as the world’s leading safari destination for the fourth time by the World Travel Awards at the grand ceremony in Vietnam. Kenya won the global accolade received the award in 2016, 2015 and 2013 and bagged the award to defeat other African safari destinations such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
In addition to the global victory, Kenya was also named Africa’s leading beach destination, leading national park and the leading tourist board in the 24th World Travel Awards 2017. Other African winners included Thanda Island for world’s leading exclusive private island award from Tanzania, Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Serengeti leading safari lodge, Legend Golf and Safari Resort from South Africa leading safari resort award.
Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) chairman Jimi Kariuki termed the global award win as a great honor to Kenya’s safari offering. He said Kenya deserved the victory since it has best safari hotspots such the world famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park as well as the Tsavo East and West National Parks.
The win which brings prestige to the East African nation has been termed as to boost the revenue through a projected increase of visitors in the coming years as the World Travel Awards are widely regarded as the Oscars of the travel industry. Kenya has been improving its tourism industry by enhancing security in a bid to attract more tourist to enjoy the magnificent sceneries and other tourist attractions.