It was at the sidelines of the World Travel Market that Ms Kandie got an opportunity to engage famous travel agents groups like Tui and Thomas Cook and explained to them that Kenya was not only safe destination but it offers the most attractive products.
Shuttling between sessions, Kandie also created time to conduct a record interviews. She featured live on CNN, BBC World service, took interviews for BBC Focus on Africa radio and TV, and was interviewed by Bloomberg TV and World Travel Market magazine and online publication TTG News.
She also had time on the sidelines to attend the UN WTO Tourism Ministers summit; where a panel discussion on air connectivity visa’s and easy of travel featured.
The discussion involved tourism ministers from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and Middle East.
The conclusion of the recommendation out of the summit was that world countries ought to come up with a policy that would make managers of the aviation sector work closely with the tourism sector as most world travellers do so by air.
She then sprinted across the huge excel exhibition centre and investment of the Abu Dhabi Government, to the platinum suits to participate in UN WTO-sponsored press conference on Vanilla Islands ‘a group of Indian ocean island countries wishing to market themselves as a single tourist destination’ and Kenya to talk about Kenya’s strategy of attracting three million visitors in a year.
Earlier in the morning, Kandie had joined the tourism minister for Uganda Ms Maria Mutagamba and the Rwandan High Commissioner to London to launch the East Africa single tourist visa at a cost of $100 to enable travellers to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda to visit the region on a single visa. Tanzania and Burundi are expected to join later.
At a cocktail hosted by Kenya Tourism Board, UK representative Ms Angie Sloan at the St Hermins Hotel next to the Buckingham palace, passionate appeal for British travellers, the number one source market for Kenya foreign tourism was made.
To beat the drums, were two long time supporters of Kenya. The first to go on the podium was Ms Fiona Makenna, the British sccreenplay actress who featured in the 1964 blockbuster movie Born Free acting as conservationist Joy Adamson, who has been visiting Kenya every year since then.
She said Kenya was her second home, and was saddened by the Westgate incident. She is visiting Kenya to show that terrorism will never stop people from doing things they are passionate about.
“Kenya is a beautiful country, but what is outstanding about it is that it is home to the warmest, most kind people I have ever met,” she said.
Fred Finn who holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for world’s most travelled man, said he will come Kenya on Jamhuri Day on December 12th to attend the country’s Golden Jubilee. This will be his 600th visit to Kenya.
“Ignore the terrorist! Kenya is open for business very safe and please let us go to Kenya,” Finn told attendees.
From UK, Ms Kandie and her delegation headed to Athens Greece where she spoke at the Kenya- Greece Export Trade and Tourism forum. The forum featured a delegation of more than 30, drawn from the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, private sector and government.
Tour agents and investors from Greece were keen to hear how they can participate in establishing hotels and bringing tourists to Kenya.
The representatives of the Kenya tourism industry were keen to learn how Greece manages to attract 17 million a year far more than its total population of 11 million.