President’s meeting with officials of the TUI Group last week in Germany painted a positive picture for the tourism industry in Kenya. The President’s meeting came barely a week after a meeting between Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and TUI officials in Mombasa ,that secured the re-introduction of a weekly charter to Mombasa starting July 2016.
Kenya’ tourism sector is set to benefit from TUI’s return in a big way which had been affected by issues of insecurity. TUI is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world. TUI also owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The group owns six European airlines – the largest holiday fleet in Europe – and UK-based tour operator- Thomson.CS Najib Balala has been aggressively pushing for the re- introduction of the charters by TUI to boost tourism arrivals.
The willingness of most tour operators to return to Kenya has continued to signify the confidence that visitors have on destination Kenya. President Kenyatta who was accompanied by tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala in his visit of France and Germany took this time to reassure the two countries that Kenya was still the destination of Choice for holiday lovers.
CS Balala also used the opportunity to share with tourism investors some of the tourism incentives that have been announced by the government recently . The incentives include
the charter incentive program where all tourist charters with passengers terminating at MOI international Airport Mombasa and Malindi will enjoy a waiver of landing fee.The charters will also benefit from a thirty Percent USD passenger subsidy per seat filled by international passengers who terminate or disembark in Kenya over the same period. Other incentives include crapping of visa fees for children under the age of 16 years.