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Kenya wins a key UN post 

Kenya wins United Nationa (UN) post; World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Committee on Tourism and Competitiveness.

Kenya has bagged a key post in the United Nations after beating two countries in the final race of the voting held in Spain.

The country firmly established itself as a leader in the international tourism sector after defeating Thailand and Malta to become Chair of the UNWTO Committee on Tourism and Competitiveness.

Kenya won the position after two rounds of voting, defeating strong bids from Thailand and Malta. 

Kenya assumes the leadership, serving a three-year term between 2024 and 2027.

The declaration was issued during the committee’s inaugural meeting, which took place at the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain. 

Kenya’s successful bid was anchored on its tourism competitiveness pillars such as destination marketing, diversified tourism offerings, sustainable tourism practices, cultural and natural heritage, training, and skills development programs as well as innovations and technology among other strengths.

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Speaking after securing the important win, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua noted that the position was key to advancing the country’s interests.

Mutua added that the position will enable Kenya to make key decisions in the tourism sector.

“This is a historic moment and an important win for Kenya as it put us in a position of decision-making in matters that affect tourism across the globe. This vote demonstrates the confidence that UNWTO member states have in Kenya’s leadership and ability to steer the organization’s agenda on tourism competitiveness,” Mutua stated.

The CS insisted that tourism is a key pillar of Kenya’s economy and chairing the committee would allow synergy with other UNWTO members in shaping policy, building partnerships, and promoting best tourism practices. 

“We shall champion initiatives that will help in the creation of jobs, protecting of the planet as well as driving inclusive growth that can be felt and be impactful within communities,” said CS Mutua.

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