Kenya set to host two milestone tourism events this month

Come September, Kenya is set to hold two crucial travel and tourism gatherings expected to attract key professionals across the world.

Kenya set to host two milestone tourism events this month

Come September, Kenya is set to hold two crucial travel and tourism gatherings expected to attract key professionals across the world.

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will be held in Kenyan capital city of Nairobi from September 24 to 27 where delegates will explore benefits in tourism on poverty alleviation and means to achieve sustainable development in Africa through the wise use of tourism.

The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) 2013 that will take place from September 23 and 25 is the other global gathering to be taking place in Kenyan capital.

Focusing promotion of ecotourism’s role in sustainable development, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) aims to strengthen the industry’s commitment to the recent UN resolution, “Promotion of Ecotourism for Poverty Eradication and Environment Protection,” which recognizes ecotourism’s positive impact on sustainable community development efforts.

Organizers said the ESTC will bring together 500 professionals from various sections of tourism across the world. While in Nairobi, participants will discuss issues on opportunities and solutions for the tourism industry to support conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well-being of local communities.

Organized by The International Ecotourism Society, co-hosted by Kenya Tourist Board and Ecotourism Kenya and in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the conference is a leading platform for tourism stakeholders engaged in ecotourism and sustainable tourism programs.

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“In a significant acknowledgment of tourism as a tool for promoting sustainable development, this milestone resolution stressing ecotourism’s role in the fight against poverty and the protection of the environment was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 21, 2012,” said Luigi Cabrini, UNWTO’s Director for Sustainable Development of Tourism.

Development of ecotourism, within the framework of sustainable tourism, can have a positive impact on income generation, job creation and education, and thus on the fighting against poverty and hunger, protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development, contributing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, added Luigi Cabrini.

It is as well, expected that ESTC participants will feature ideas, opportunities and solutions for the tourism industry to assist in conserving natural areas, alleviating poverty, empowering women, enhancing education, and improving the health and well-being of local communities.

The tourism industry is increasingly being recognized as an important player in contributing to the world’s sustainable development goals which focus on conservation and communities, conference organizers said.

In its seventh edition, the conference is expected to attract leading global ecotourism think tanks.

The AHIF’s agenda will be focusing on how to capitalize long-term on the opportunities present in Africa, and strategies to overcome the challenges facing hotel investment in this continent.

AHIF is organized by Bench Events, which produces several top-level hotel conferences around the world. Kenya was the host of 2012 AHIF event.

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