Said Kithu: “The decision by Witia proves, yet again, that Kenya is a safe destination. We had a fantastic tourism year last year.
The ministry announced that the number of tourists visiting Kenya in the first nine months of 2011 rose 16 per cent compared with the same period the previous year.
It was also estimated that tourism receipts for the period ending October last year closed at Sh81.96 billion as compared to Sh56.72 billion during a similar period in 2010, an increase of 44.4 per cent.”
To make the Witia visit to Kenya memorable, KAWT members have created a comprehensive itinerary that will showcase many of the country’s magical sites.
The experience will begin in Nairobi with an opportunity for members to attend KAWT’s inaugural international expo that promises multiple learning and networking opportunities with visitors throughout the region and the world.
The delegates will then proceed to the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve with an opportunity to experience the experience the world’s only wildebeest migration. They will also get to sample the lifestyle of the renowned Maasai people through visits to their manyattas.
According to information posted on KAWT’s website, the journey continues within the Rift Valley as they get to sample the beauty of the many azure lakes, hot springs and craters that dot the region.
The Witia experience will culminate in a farewell gala dinner at the Nairobi National Park. The delegates will also take part in a tree planting exercise in honour of the late environmentalist, Professor Wangari Mathai.
The Kenya Association of Women in Tourism, whose board members are all women, has the primary mandate of providing a platform for women’s empowerment through engagement, employment and participation in the tourism industry.
With a strong advocacy network, KAWT aims to bring the gender aspects of tourism to the attention of policy makers, more so the issues pertaining to women’s employment in the tourism industry as well as their participation in tourism planning, management and development. ?
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