Kenya Tourism Awards Gala dinner
It was all pomp and glamour as the Kenya Tourism Federation and Kenya Tourist Board partnered to host the second Kenya Tourism awards that were held at the Carnivore grounds on Friday night. The awards seek to recognise the role the industry plays and contributes to the tourism sector and overall economy. It rewards those who have made significant strides to continually provide quality service delivery.
Guest of honour Tourism assistant minister Cecily Mbarire echoed the above sentiments and said that 'the awards presented to winners from different categories will go a long way in boosting their morale and will propel them to continually up their services. This is in line with the theme for this year's awards which is 'sustain, diversify, celebrate tourism.'
Among the guests who attended the awards were the Moroccan Tourism delegation led by the Tourism Federation president Ali Ghannan and the Moroccan honorary consul to Kenya Ali Bajaber.
Notable winners were Express Travel who took home the best travel agency award, Tamarind Management that clinched both the best entertainment facility and best tourism attraction awards. Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges won the domestic tourism award and their franchise Sarova Whitesands best beach accommodation facility award. The media was not left out as its contribution to tourism was recognised through Francis Mutegi and Steve Mwai of NTV who won best TV journalists. The Star's Lola Okulo had been nominated in the Newspaper journalist category that went to Peter Muiruri of Standard.
Jazz maestro Joseph Hellon kept the guests entertained as the party continued way into the night.