The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. On this World Tourism Day 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector. Tourism has a unique ability to make sure nobody is left behind. Domestic tourism continues to rebound in many parts of the world.
The theme for this year is, Tourism for Inclusive Growth. The restart of tourism will help kickstart recovery and growth with the Pandemic having stalled operations for most tour operators within the Lake Region. To mark World Tourism Day in Kisumu County on Monday 27th September, the Ministry of Tourism, Sports, Arts and Culture has partnered with the private sector.
The event will be held at Ndere Island National Park. Speaking at a press briefing, Hon Achie, Kisumu County Minister for Tourism, revealed that the event will be hosted by the Kenya Wildlife Service. “We have also partnered with Water Bus which is a great vessel that will take the guests, about 200 onto the shores of Lake Victoria and onto Ndere Island.”
“We wanted to offer our guests an experience of Kisumu: What the lake offers. We will be talking about conservation, ecology, how we look after the lake, our animals, and plastics.”
“We will be talking about the impact of COVID on lives and on the economy. All sectors have suffered. Tourism has been the worst hit.”
Did you know?
- Tourism employs one in every ten people on Earth. Because of the pandemic, 100-120 million direct tourism jobs are at risk.
- UNWTO foresees that domestic tourism will return before international tourism. Managed well, this could benefit rural communities.
- The asymmetric roll-out of vaccines magnifies the economic blow tourism has suffered in developing countries, as they could account for up to 60% of the global GDP losses.
Check out details of this event here: https://visitkisumu.co.ke/event/world-tourism-day/