The intercontinentally hyped SKAL International Congress Mombasa started in high gear as guests were treated to a grand Dinner at the celebrated Fort Jesus. This is the second time the Congress is being held in Africa. South African, Lavonne Wittman was selected as the new President of SKAL.
Dubbed: Congress at the Beach, the 79th edition of SKAL is promising to light up the City of Mombasa far beyond the days of the congress. In total 38 nations participated. National flags from these countries were flown at the venue of the international event.
Projections reveal that Kenya expects to receive at least 2.5 million tourists per year as from 2020. Last year, the country received 1.45 million tourists. This is the highest record so far. The country earned Ksh 120 billion (US$1.2 billion) from tourism last year.
World Travel and Tourism Council reports that Kenya’s tourism industry contributes 15.3 per cent of total exports while also contributing 8.9 per cent of total employment in the country.
It is worth noting that direct flights from Amsterdam and Brussels will start in a week. This is an addition to the much celebrated start of direct flights from Kenya to New York in the month of October.