You can travel, you can move, says Kenyan President, encouraging visitors
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed satisfaction with the measures being taken by stakeholders in the hospitality sector to protect tourists from the coronavirus pandemic.
He said Kenya is ready to receive tourists and encouraged local and foreign travellers to take advantage of the prevailing low rates to visit the country’s famous tourist sites, says a report by CGTN Africa. “I want to take this opportunity to encourage every single Kenyan to take advantage and to travel…You can travel, you can move,” the President said.
“And now as you know, we have also opened up our skies and flights are coming. We welcome all those who choose to come,” he added.
The President delivered these statements in Nairobi during a virtual meeting with elite Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge.
Kipchoge is Kenya’s new goodwill ambassador for tourism and is in the Masai Mara Game Reserve with his family to witness this year’s annual wildebeest migration, which is the largest animal migration in the world. Every year, more than 2 million animals migrate in a clockwise direction across Serengeti (Tanzania) and Masai Mara (Kenya).
The President urged Kenyans as well as visitors to continue observing the COVID-19 containment protocols saying safety is not just a government responsibility but an individual choice, the CGTN report says.
He thanked Kipchoge for choosing to represent his country as a ‘Magical Kenya’ brand ambassador saying the marathoner’s decision was an act of patriotism. Kipchoge said he will do his best to promote the country as a top travel destination. He encouraged Kenyans to visit the country’s tourist destinations saying the pandemic should not limit people from enjoying the country’s tourist attractions.