Kenya receives support from UNWTO and Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands

Kenya received a much-needed show of support during the World Travel Market (WTM) 2013 in London. It was at a WTM press conference called by Dr.

Kenya receives support from UNWTO and Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands

Kenya received a much-needed show of support during the World Travel Market (WTM) 2013 in London. It was at a WTM press conference called by Dr. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, that Kenya received the public words of support they so need following their Nairobi WestGate event.

Dr. Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, was chairing the press conference accompanied by Mrs. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism; and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and also the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organization.

The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said as he opened the press conference that terrorism remained just terrorism and had no part to play in people’s daily lives. “Kenya remains a tourism destination I fully recommend and know that the diversity that exists in this beautiful country will please every one on holiday,” Dr. Rifai said. These words of support made by the United Nations World Tourism Organization were noted by the gathered press.

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Mrs. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary in the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism, used the press conference to give a detailed explanation of the situation of the ground in Nairobi. She said that Kenya was saddened by the act of violence that had taken place, but assured everyone that life was back to normal. “We even staged an International Convention for Hotels in the days after the WestGate incident, and that was the success we had expected it to be. None of the delegates felt any effects from the WestGate event,” Mrs. Kandie said.

She encouraged visitors to continue to use Kenya for their holidays and assured them of an enjoyable time in Africa.

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture and the sitting President of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organization, was also invited to address the press conference. “We are and we remain the closest neighbors of Kenya, and we are committed to work together with Kenya to tell the world that we remain a strong tourism region with diversity to please every holiday maker,” Minister St.Ange said.

The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands is the regional organization that re-groups the islands of Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte, and the Seychelles, and Minister Alain St.Ange is currently in his second term of office as President. The organization was earlier this year admitted as a member of the UNWTO.

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