Kenya Tourism Awards Athletes With Trips To Diani, Maasai Mara,



The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has unveiled a programme to reward the achievements of Kenya’s marathon champions in a move aimed at recognising the contribution of Kenyan athletes in enhancing Kenya’s tourism positioning globally.

The initiative will see KTB award each marathon champion a fully-paid vacation to top tourist destinations in Kenya.

Speaking during a press conference to launch the initiative, KTB Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Radier has said the programme is recognition of the important role Kenyan athletes play in selling Kenya abroad.

Dr. Radier said, “Kenyan marathon champions are undoubtedly our nation’s best ambassadors given that the races they participate in are held across Kenya’s key tourist source markets.Our champion athletes rub shoulders with ordinary citizens in the cities hosting the races as well as with professional athletes from other nations.”

“As the body mandated with the task of marketing Kenya’s tourism products, we recognize the huge profile that our athletic heroes occupy on the world stage. We believe that it is time to involve our athletes in making a pitch for the country as the Magical Kenya brand ambassadors,” the KTB CEO added.   

Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir are the first marathon champions to be awarded by the KTB under this programme; the athletes and their families will spend 2 days at the Maasai Mara National Reserve and another 2 days in Diani and the Kisite Mpunguti Marine Park.

In appreciation of KTB’s reward programme to marathoners, Wilson Kipsang said, “I’m privileged and honoured to be among the first marathoners to be rewarded by KTB. We thank KTB for recognizing that we are in a position to show the best of Kenya to the rest of the world.”

Sarah Chepchirchir also thanked KTB for appreciating the efforts of marathoners.                                           

Wilson Kipsang and Sarah Chepchirchir won and set course records at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon in February.Wilson set a record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 58 seconds in the men’s category while Sarah set a record of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 47 seconds in the women’s category.

It’s worth noting that Kenya not only won both the men’s and women’s race but also swept the first three positions in the men’s race at the Tokyo Marathon.

2017 has been a stellar year for Kenya on the athletics front as Kenyans have topped the list of winners in virtually all world athletics events; with Kenyan long-distance runners sweeping 4 out of 5 World Marathon Majors Series so far, in both the men’s and women’s categories.              

Kenya’s Patrick Maina Kamanga Scoops 2016 Amadeus Mover & Shaper

Amadeus recently launched an interactive campaign to identify the ‘Movers & Shapers’ of the travel industry in Africa for 2016. The company asked its social media followers to recognize those people who have been true game-changers in the travel industry in Africa.

The 10 most influential leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Central West Africa, Liberia and Nigeria were featured on the Amadeus Africa blog throughout November. Over 700 Amadeus social media followers voted for their favourite candidates at the beginning of December.

Mr Kamanga was recognised for his work in the Kenyan travel industry to have travel agents’ rights heard. Together with the Kenya Association of Travel Agents, he has lobbied for a better relationship between travel agents and IATA and has built a travel agency network – the Coast Travel Trade Facebook page – to bring the travel agency community together. He also stood up to the government to see VAT in the travel industry removed, and has fought for improved flight access to Mombasa.

“I dedicate this win to the City of Mombasa,” says MrKamanga. “This victory shows that anyone can rise from a small town or a small agency to ‘something great’. Mombasa is a smaller city than Nairobi and to have someone from Mombasa instead of the capital just shows that the people of Mombasa also count in this industry.”

With all eyes on him, Mr Kamanga would like to urge the travel and tourism industry to rise up together and to work together as one industry. “I challenge all my colleagues in the industry not only to work for themselves, but to help others, bring others up, mentor others.”

Juan Torres, General Manager for Amadeus East Africa has welcomed the vote for Patrick. He says:  “2016 has been a challenging but exciting year in travel and technology in the East African region.