Kenya Airways,┬áone of the biggest airliners in Africa, is aiming to connect Botswana to the world as it eyes to play a leading role in bolstering the eastern African country’s┬áthriving tourism sector.
The airline, dubbed ‘The pride of Africa’, has increased its flights to Botswana by adding what it called a 4th frequency on its Gaborone- Nairobi route.
The move by Kenya Airways is┬áexpected to provide a wider choice in terms of routes┬áconnecting Botswana to the world as┬áthe airline flies to 52 destinations across the world.
Botswana has been overwhelmingly reliant on O R Tambo International Airport, in South Africa and now Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is another gateway to the world.
Consaga Khisa, managing director for Destination Connect, a tour operating outfit based in Kenya, said the improved air transport network with Gaborone will give Batswana holiday-makers a wider opportunity.
“Kenya has a bit of everything,” he said, “including 576 kilometers of oceans, the highest mountains in Africa and abundant wildlife including the big five.”
The┬áocean┬áwill give tourists an opportunity for┬ádeep sea diving and┬áthe chance for being at the beach front.
Kenya, a former British┬ácolony┬áuntil┬á1962, is one of the most developed African countries with a strong middle-class of about┬á8 million people.
It has a population of┬á38 million┬áwith the capital Nairobi carrying a population of 10 million during the day while at night is estimated at 6 million.
It is the┬áepic-center of international┬áagencies and┬áforeign embassies in the East African region – a move that has given it courage to┬ádevelop┬áfive-star hotels and restaurants and┬ásome of the┬ábest┬áentertainment centers in Africa.
Further, the┬áhousing of international orgasnisations motivated the country to build a multi-lingual┬ápeople in the tourism industry.
“The international┬ácommunity┬áis massive in Kenya. Kenya is serving the whole region (Eastern Africa) from┬áhere,” Khisa said.
He added: “There are 25 other airliners that land in Nairobi”.
Kenya┬ácurrently attracts┬á2 million tourists every┬á year and most of them are from Europe, mainly┬á Britain and Germany.