Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Kenya Airways targets Botswana tourists

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 expected to provide a wider choice in terms of routes connecting Botswana to the world as the 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 ocean will give tourists an opportunity for deep sea diving and the chance for being at the beach front.

Kenya, a former British colony until 1962, is one of the most developed African countries with a strong middle-class of about 8 million people.

It has a population of 38 million with 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 housing of international orgasnisations motivated the country to build a multi-lingual people 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 currently attracts 2 million tourists every  year and most of them are from Europe, mainly  Britain and Germany.

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