Nairobi Wins Best Travel Destination in Africa

  • A skyline of Nairobi at night
    A skyline of Nairobi at night
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  • Kenya has scooped more than 10 awards at the 27th World Travel Awards with different local companies and hospitality destinations emerging among the best in the continent. 

    Kenya beat other African countries to emerge the best destination while Nairobi was named Africa's leading business travel destination

    KICC was named Africa's leading meetings and conference centre, with Kenya Tourism Board winning the best tourism board in Africa.

    A photo of Nairobi's skyline
    A photo of Nairobi's skyline
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    In the hospitality sector, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club’s unique comforts in the shadow of Mount Kenya helped it win the title of Africa’s Leading Hotel.

    Kenya’s huge win gives the hospitality and tourism sector a much-needed boost in an effort to recover from the effects of Covid-19. 

    In August 2020, Kenya became the first country in the world to be awarded the recommended status of the Safer Tourism Resilience Seal by the global body, Rebuilding Travels.

    The country was also among the top destinations in Africa to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) recognition in July.

    The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

    The ceremony is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

    Participants are usually nominated and winners are selected after online voting which is open for about a year long. 

    A standard vote carries a weighting of one, while votes cast by verified travel professionals carry a weighting of two. Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

    Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala pictured at Nairobi National Park.
    Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala pictured at Nairobi National Park.
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    Below is a list of awards won by Kenya in the World Travel Awards 2020

    Africa's Leading Airline - Business  Class 2020 - Kenya Airways

    Africa's Leading Airline - Economy Class 2020 - Kenya Airways

    Africa's Leading Airline Brand 2020 - Kenya Airways

    Africa's Leading Business Travel Destination 2020 - Nairobi, Kenya

    Africa's Leading City Hotel 2020 - Fairmont The Norfolk, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Destination 2020 - Kenya

    Africa's Leading Family Resort 2020 - Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Green Hotel 2020 - Aberdare Country Club, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Hotel 2020 - Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Hotel Residences 2020 - Palacina The Residence & The Suites, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel 2020 - Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Luxury Tented Safari Camp 2020 - Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2020 - Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Tented Safari Camp 2020 - Finch Hattons, Kenya

    Africa's Leading Tour Operator 2020 - Pollman's Tours & Safaris

    Africa's Leading Tourist Board 2020 - Kenya Tourism Board

    Africa's Responsible Tourism Award 2020 - Twiga Tours