Kenya: CS launches Tourist Information Centre at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi

Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala with officials of the JKIA and CEO of the Kenya Tourism Board at the launch

Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala today launched a Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi.

CS Balala stated: “While the past decade has seen a revolution in access to information through the Internet, through multiple TV travel channels, travel sections in newspapers, or via phones and other mobile devices, Tourist Information Centres are still integral to the access of necessary information by inbound tourists. Tourist Information Centres serve as useful platforms for local business promotion, which encourage longer stays and greater spend by tourists coming to Kenya.”

The tourism information desks at entry points, including airports and border posts, are part of the discussions held under Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP). During the 8th Summit of the NCIP held in Nairobi in December 2014, it was directed that Tourism Boards in the Partner States establish tourism desks at strategic locations at entry points for the purpose of providing visitor information and enhance visitor experience right from the point of entry.

The CS appreciated the efforts that have gone into the realization of the first ever Tourist Information Centre. He acknowledged the strong partnership between the Kenya Tourist Board and the Kenya Airports Authority.