Kenya has been hailed as Africa’s leading travel destination coming atop other Africa’s perceived favorites like South Africa and those in the northern parts of the continent.
The ranking is courtesy of London’s World Travel Awards which also mentioned Nairobi City as the continent’s leading business destination.
Kenya was found unique thanks to her tantalizing cocktail of epic savannah landscapes, immense herds of wildlife, and palm-fringed beaches.
The country also shone in other aspects of the awards, having the national flyer Kenya Airways taking it in the aviation category, and several hotels bagging in the hospitality industry.
The Kenyatta International Convention Centre took it as Africa’s leading convention center, with the Kenya tourism board being Africa’s leading Tourism board.
The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s unique comforts in the shadow of the mighty Mount Kenya helped it clinch the title of “Africa’s Leading Hotel”. Aberdare Country Club, Kenya was voted “Africa’s Leading Green Hotel”.
Westlands-based Villa Rosa Kempski won Africa’s top luxury hotel, its sister Olare Mara in the Maasai Mara winning Africa’s leading luxury tented camp. Baobab Beach Resort at the coast was recognized as Africa’s leading Family resort and Palacina, based in Nairobi, coming top as the leading residences on the continent.
In the aviation sector, Kenya Airways picked up both “Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class” and “Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class”. Ethiopian Airlines bagged “Africa’s Leading Airline”, whilst “Africa’s Leading Airport” went to Cape Town International Airport. Catch the full list here.
The World Travel Awards got established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Each year, the Awards cover the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.