VOTING FOR NEW SEVEN WORLD WONDERS LEAVES AFRICA TRAILING
East Africas tourism attractions, like the gorilla national parks in the Virunga mountains, Mt. Kilimanjaro or the Masai Mara are presently not featuring in the intermediate top 10 positions, which are held by front runners Dead Sea, Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef with many other Asian tourism attractions making up the remaining positions. What is clear this year is that the campaign for voting for home based attractions was far more intense in the countries where the front runners are placed, with internet penetration and encouragement by national, regional and local tourism board offices making a huge difference. Cape Towns Table Mountain was for a while thought to be in the top 10 at this stage but inspite of an inspired follow up this has not been enough to reach that level, leave alone the votes for East Africas attractions, which are all lagging seriously behind. While the tourism boards and private sector participants are now in London for the worlds second most important tourism trade fair, WTM, maybe they can galvanize attention through a superior performance and ask stand visitors to vote for their attraction to catapult one or the other into the final top 10 count. All the best to all candidates right now but would it not be nice to see at least one East African attraction end up amongst the worlds best? We sure have the attractions and sites, just not the votes yet.
We will garner the votes given that, we have some of the best tourism destinations the world over. East African government’s simply need to put more effort in selling our tourist attractions as a super-brand. For those interested in visiting the wonderful destinations we have in East Africa, visit http://www.goodhostvaccations.com.