World Travel Awards is currently in its 19th year and recognizes excellence in travel and tourism. It aims to encourage world class competition that promotes innovation, thereby ensuring that travellers around the world receive exceptional value.
The event will be co-hosted alongside the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), a two-day conference to be held on Sept. 25 and 26 that will showcase the hospitality investment potential of Africa's fastest-growing nations. The WTA organizers highlighted how Kenya's capital Nairobi is rapidly emerging into one of Africa's key hubs for business and leisure.
Commenting on the selection of Kenya for the event, Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, WTA said: "The selection of our hosts is fundamental to the success of our awards program, and Nairobi possesses all the ingredients to rise to the challenge of hosting our Africa & Indian Ocean Ceremony - a vibrant and progressive city, brimming with opportunity. Tourism is fundamental to Kenya's economy, contributing 12 percent to its GDP and creating one in ten jobs. The future is exceptionally bright given the nation's overwhelming natural resources, most notably its unrivalled collection of wildlife and its paradise beaches."