World Tourism Organization (WTO) Secretary General, Dr Taleb Rifai said that Kenya is Africa’s top tourist destination and the international community should join hands with the country leadership to fight terror groups that in the recent times threatened the peace of her people.
The WTO Chief was speaking Saturday morning when he paid a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at his Nairobi state house. Dr Taleb Rifai who is the World Tourism Organization Secretary General said that Kenya has a bright future and its tourism sector should receive support; He also said United Nation system will support the country fully to achieve its goals.
Terror is everywhere these days and thus this is a global challenge requiring nations to come together and combat it head on, “I want to assure you that you are not alone in this, we will support you Your Excellency,” the WTO Chief said.
Travel advisories that are issued by some nations are not necessary and do not ague well for the tourism sector and the general development of the country. On this am appealing all the international community to come on board and give Kenya absolute and unconditional support to fight terror and promote the country’s tourism.
The WTO Chief commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking bold steps in dealing with terrorism and at the same time opening the country to visitors from all over the world to come and see what the country has in store; citing that the terrorism acts are meant to scare people from visiting Kenya but this should not be allowed to derail the country’s goals.
Kenya is a blessed country with immense beauty, her people are peace loving and welcoming and He promised his organization support and the steps it will take to promote Kenya as a top best tourist destination. This will be done upon signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Government to ensure the tourism sector thrives and becomes sustainable.
The WTO Chief said the importance of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to restore the country’s image and repositioning her as great global tourist destination. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will also provide the Kenya Government with tool kit and manual for crisis management and thus the country will be able to respond to any tourism crisis more so in the international stage.