It was party time for Magical Kenya Expo participants


(Posted 19th October 2013)

The Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club provided the scenic setting for the party the Kenya Tourism Board hosted last night for invited guests, sponsors, the media, exhibitors and of course for the over 150 buyers who had flown into the country a few days ago for the Magical Kenya Travel Expo. All of them had the opportunity to sample a safari into the famous national parks and game reserves to get firsthand experience of what their clients will see when they come to Kenya. Work started in earnest yesterday after the official opening by President Uhuru Kenyatta when the buyers were meeting with the exhibitors which had filled the space in the main KICC hall to the last spot. Both buyers and sellers reported that they had made good contacts and were looking forward to the second B2B day to conclude negotiations and sign contracts before on Sunday the Magical Kenya Expo will open its doors to the Kenyan public.

Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Candie alongside Muriithi Ndegwa, CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board, were perfect hosts on the night and enjoyed the sight of the crowd joining the performers on the dance floor and stage for spontaneous dancing and singing along to the now familiar tunes of Kenya’s most popular songs. Muriithi in fact told this correspondent that ‘this is the start of a new bright future for Kenya Tourism, the moment when we begin our recovery’ clearly buoyed by the mood in the party tent which can only be described as exuberant.

Other members of his team from KTB expressed similar sentiments, especially Jacinta Nzioka, Director of Marketing who was clearly on the roll, interacting with literally every single one of the visitors before burning holes in the dance floor. The Kenyan contingent in the party tent certainly was all smiles, and obviously not just courtesy of the famous Tusker beers, which were flowing freely on the night. Karibu Kenya – Hakuna Matata.

(The smile of Muriithi Ndegwa says it all as he shakes hands with a buyer from Zimbabwe while Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie too enjoys her role as the hostess of the party night)