Kenya leverages on hiking, journey to shore up tourist numbers-Xinhua

Najib Balala (2nd R), the cabinet secretary of Tourism and Wildlife of Kenya, joins site visitors in mountaineering Mt. Longonot National Park, Kenya, on Might 7, 2022. Kenya explained Sunday it has tapped into adventure, hiking and mountaineering activities as key drivers in the recovery of tourism organizations that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Robert Manyara/Xinhua)

NAIROBI, May perhaps 8 (Xinhua) — Kenya claimed Sunday it has tapped into experience, mountaineering and mountaineering activities as important drivers in the restoration of tourism corporations that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Najib Balala, the cupboard secretary of Tourism and Wildlife, reported as aspect of the sector’s diversification and restoration system, Kenya is nicely placed to leverage into these niche segments many thanks to the various opportunities and attractions uncovered across the location.

“I encourage Kenyans to visit some of the mountaineering and mountaineering locations in the country. They can be a pocket-welcoming selection for quite a few people because they consist of day visits which are easily accessible,” Balala reported in a statement issued in Nairobi, the cash of Kenya.

Balala, who spoke following a mountaineering expedition at Mt. Longonot, mentioned the foundation of Kenya known as a chief in Safari also boosts the likely of the spot currently being regarded as prime in adventure tourism. He also pointed out that adventure tourism is a person of the fastest-increasing experiences in the entire world currently with vacationers hunting for life-transforming encounters that match them.

In accordance to Balala, mountaineering and mountaineering have the opportunity to strengthen Kenya’s tourism quantities because travelers are hunting for immersive and partaking options.

“We need to be ready to show to both domestic and worldwide guests that we have extra than Beach front and Safari experiences. Men and women are now also acutely aware about their wellness and climbing is a very good health and outdoor action,” he said.

Balala claimed tourism earnings improved 60.4 per cent to 146 billion shillings (about 1.26 billion U.S. dollars) in 2021 in comparison to 775 million pounds in 2020, indicating that the state is on an upward trajectory.

Dubbed “Sheer Experience” location, Mt. Longonot which rises from the floor of the Excellent Rift Valley is found inside of the Mt. Longonot Countrywide Park which is a single of the numerous intriguing, however minimum frequented sights of Kenya.

With its amazing weather, lush greenery, and spectacular views of the Rift Valley, Mt. Longonot which delivers a selection of trails for hikers of all physical fitness levels is also household to wildlife and more than 110 hen species, earning it a birding paradise.

The hike at Mt. Longonot was also section of the Balala’s preparing for an expedition at Mt. Kenya in mid-May possibly.

The expedition will aim at re-positioning Mt. Kenya as one of the vital legendary adventure encounter amenities in Africa as very well as boosting resources towards strengthening the customer encounter.


Najib Balala, the cabinet secretary of Tourism and Wildlife of Kenya, encourages adventure tourism at Mt. Longonot Countrywide Park, Kenya, on May 7, 2022. Kenya claimed Sunday it has tapped into journey, hiking and mountaineering encounters as essential drivers in the restoration of tourism companies that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photograph by Robert Manyara/Xinhua)