Balala says Sh16.5mn was collected for the next Tembo Baptism Festival


NAIROBI, Kenya, October 6 – Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said on Wednesday that the ministry had raised 16.5 million shillings for the upcoming Magical Kenya Tembo Naming festival, scheduled for October 8.

Balala, who spoke at a press briefing on the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2021, said the ministry is seeking to raise Kshs100 million for the festival, which will be done in partnership with private sector companies. who contribute Kshs 500,000 per name.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Bank, Kenya Breweries Limited, Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM), Mediheal Hospital, East Africa Safari Rally, Chandaria Foundation, Oltukai Lodges and African Wildlife Foundation are among the companies that have contributed to the prize pool.

The party to be held at Amboseli National Park will allow individuals and organizations to adopt and name selected elephants after donating funds to the program which aims to boost conservation efforts for endangered species.

Balala said the initiative aims to get all stakeholders to embrace conservation and ultimately ensure the preservation of Kenya’s heritage.

“Our goal is to make sure we encourage more people and organizations to get involved in conservation efforts in the country. The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lot and one of them is that we need to make sure that conservation efforts are sustainable and that protecting wildlife should never be vulnerable to shocks that affect people. tourist activities in the country, ”Balala added.

Negative effects of travel advisories on the tourism industry

While the SC noted that tourism activities are expected to improve thanks to the increased vaccination campaign across the country, it denounced the application of double standards in travel advisories by developed countries, noting that unfair regulations have negatively affected the economy.

Balala noted that most of the countries that are considered risky travel are safe and not dangerous because they are overdone.

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“Most of the countries that are considered travel risk are safe for travel, yes we have challenges but that doesn’t mean we are not a risk but a peaceful nation, the double standards happening don’t help to travel, we want the quarantine issue to be relaxed, ”he said.

He therefore called for increased vaccination and fair regulations which he said will improve the tourism industry globally.


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