BY PROF. DR. WOLFGANG H. THOME, ETN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT | FEB 13, 2014
The Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) is presently on an extended marketing mission in the Gulf, concluding visits to Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the weekend heading to Doha, the capital of Qatar.
The Gulf region is of growing importance for Kenya as the large number of affluent expatriates working in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait provide a significant pool of potential visitors, besides the citizens of these countries wanting to escape the summer heat and enjoy the beaches of the coast or the safari parks upcountry. The UAE are connected with Kenya from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and from Sharjah by Kenya Airways, Emirates, Etihad – which flies in code share with Kenya Airways, Air Arabia and even RwandAir, which has traffic rights between Mombasa and Dubai as part of their flights from Kigali. Saudia is flying to Nairobi from Riyadh and Jeddah, Oman Air from Muscat and Qatar Airways from Doha, offering easy connections at often spectacular special fares. KTB has in connection with their marketing mission just released the following media statement.