Kenya’s bid to host American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) 2017 global convention could receive a nod after ASTA expressed optimism about the country’s tourism services including cashless transactions and use of English.
Kenya might be considered after it was shortlisted among key other tourist destinations, Daily Nation reported.
“Kenyans speak English and we also found that the six facilities we visited in Maasai Mara Game Reserve and in Nairobi conduct cashless transactions with ease with many international money cards accepted,” said Ms Susan Sheats during an end of tour press conference at Crowne Plaza Hotel last week.
She was speaking after the team: ASTA President, Mr Zane Kerby, his secretary Ms Sheats together with ASTA Kenya secretary, Ms Caroline Njoroge, visited Maasai Mara and got a chance to enjoy a two-day stay at the world famous Sarova Mara Game Camp. The team also toured the reserve to see wildlife.
They were on a six-day inspection tour of tourist attraction sights in Nairobi and Maasai Mara ranging from five star hotels, bush camps to Makuti lodges.
Commenting on the direct flights from Kenya to America, Mr Zane said following a fruitful discussion between him and the US Ambassador to Kenya Mr Robert Godec, necessary measures were being put in place to have the two countries enjoy direct connection this year.
Mr Samson Some president of ASTA Kenya said the vigorous online campaigns on social media targeted to market Kenya has helped attract more tourists into the country. He added that recent visits by top US officials like President Barck Obama has further helped create a positive media buzz about kenya.
Mr Kerby, and his officials in company of Mr Some also visited Dubai, Mexico, Morocco and to inspect facilities. Mr Kerby expressed optimism that Kenya’s chances were high.
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