KENYA, UGANDA, RWANDA TO LAUNCH UNI-VISA, JOINT TOURISM MARKETING

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will proceed with the joint marketing of their tourism products which will be helped by the launch of a uni-visa for citizens of the three countries, says Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Najib Balala.

This will offer diversity for tourists and enable the country to hit the three million tourist arivals target annually, he said here Wednesday. Balala appealed to stakeholders to address the strike threat by Kenya Airways pilots slated for next week, noting that it will significantly hurt tourist arrivals.

Kenya has experienced a 15 per cent increase in tourist arrivals since the start of the year with non-traditional markets such as Nigeria, South Africa, India and China recording significant growth in the number of visitors.

However, with Kenya is still unable to hit the 3.0 million target and the launch of the uni-visa is expected to facilitate the free flow of tourists from the three countries.

At the same time, the three countries will jointly market their tourism products as a one destination to help improve tourism numbers.

In order to enhance service standards, Balala said hotels in the three countries would be reclassified.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways will from January next year operate direct flights to Mombasa and negotiations are also underway to have Air Dubai operate flights to Kenya.

More Indian airlines are also expected to offer direct flights to Kenya i view of the increased trade between the two countries, says Indian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Kenya Suchitra Durai.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.