By Friday Nwosu
Africans are used to travelling to other parts of the world, especially the West for education, medical tourism, for relaxation and shopping. But they seldom visit other African countries even though the continent is blessed with amazing wild life and landscapes that could wow ones experience and hold them spell bond for a life time. Africans could readily tell you the history of western countries, the popular streets for shopping, the most exciting places to go to, but they are yet to explore Africa which has enormous tourism sites yearning to be explored. It was for this reason, Kenya Airway; one of Africa’s foremost Airlines recently launched KQ Holidays in Nigeria, an initiative designed to woo Nigerians and other Africans to explore the country.
Kenya is home to some of the amazing wild life in the world. Known as the cradle of Mankind, it is believed that Kenya has been inhabited for as long as human history has existed. The landscape is a beautiful mix of mountains, plains and deserts, fringed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The country’s wilderness parks are famous worldwide for protecting and showcasing a broad range of habitats and species. Some of the many animals you can see include the fabled “Big Five”: elephant, Zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, crocodile, monkey, gazelle, impala and birdlife. Speaking during the official launch of KQ Holidays in Lagos, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Tom Amolo stated that intra African trade is critical to the continent’s development and growth. He said it is amazing that most African’s know so much about the Western world but know so little about Africa.
He said the Kenya has a lot of business opportunity that is open to tourists urging tour operators and travel agents to take advantage of the country’s naturally endowed sites and sell to Nigerian tourists. Ambassador Tom Amolo pointed out that only Africans can develop Africa saying that the continent should not wait for the outside world to do what she could do for itself. He added that getting visa into the country has been made easy for tourist to obtain and can easily be gotten on arrival at the airport. Earlier in her remark, Kenya Airways, Area Manager, West Africa Anglophone, Rose Kiseli affirmed that the purpose of the KQ Holidays was to promote intra-Africa tourism in the continent. She said countries have begun realizing the growth in the tourism industry and the economic development it brings to country that knows its importance. She said “People are willing to go for vacation not just for shopping but also for leisure.
Kenya is very easy to access from any part of Africa, within six hours you can connect to any place in Kenya. We place a lot of emphasis on tourism and of course Kenya has been known for tourism.”She said the KQ Holiday team would also be selling Nigeria to Kenyans in order to encourage them to visit tourist sites in the country stating that the idea was drive tourism amongst Africans. KQ Holiday provides a variety of holiday packages for leisure seeking Nigerians that would one to get away from the hustle and bustle of Lagos life. From the (Mwishoni) weekend Getaway in Nairobi, for $628per person (Wapenzi) Valentine in Dubai, (Msafiri) Adventure in Nairobi, (Kutibu) Indulge/Dar Salaam, Honeymoon In Dubai & Nairobi and Family Holiday in Nairobi.