Kenya triumphed at the 2017 World Travel Awards (WTA) in Kigali,Rwanda, scooping top awards in different categories. Kenya’s safari and beach products received a boost with the Maasai Mara Game Reserve being voted Africa’s leading national park and Diani Beach as Africa’s leading beach destination.
The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) also emerged as Africa’s top Tourism board for the 6th year running, beating other African tourism agents Africa, including the Egyptian Tourist Authority, Moroccan National Tourism Organization and South African Tourism.
The award ceremony to recognize the Oscars of travel industry was held on October 10 at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda.
Various Kenyan travel and tourism service providers emerged victorious, cementing Kenya as having Africa’s leading travel and tourism services.
Bonfire Adventures led the way as Africa’s leading travel agency award while Destination Kenya bagged Africa’s leading destination management company award.
Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges was crowned Africa’s leading hotel brand while Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club bagged the Africa’s leading hotel award. Heritage Hotels was also crowned the country’s leading safari camp brand.
Sirikoi Lodge in Meru won the Africa’s leading luxury lodge award while the five-star Leopard Beach Resort and Spa in Diani won Africa’s leading family resort award.
In ports and airlines; Mombasa port once again scooped the Africa’s leading cruise facility award, while National carrier Kenya Airways bagged two awards after it was voted Africa’s leading airline and Africa’s leading airline- Business Class.
Kenya’s Budget airline Fly540 was voted Kenya’s leading domestic safari carrier.