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Kenya invests in security

Kenya, Leopard

"We have developed significantly in the area of security," Kenya's Ambassador Joseph Magutt immediately addressed the most pressing issue for him and his countrymen at the press conference at ITB Berlin. Against this backdrop, he quoted an impressive number: 103,000 new police officers have been hired.

Najib Balala, Kenya's Tourism Minister (referred to as Cabinet Secretary within the country) regretted that his country could not implement everything it had committed to and announced at ITB Berlin last year. Balala: "But I am confident that we will succeed this year." Now, Kenya would like to accelerate the transition to online-issued visas. The corresponding website ( is to be offered in eight languages including Chinese, Russian, and German, among others.

The new managing director of the Kenya Tourism Board, Dr Betty Radier, also travelled to ITB Berlin 2017. "After an extensive selection process, the KTB supervisory board came to the conclusion that she has the right skills for the position," stressed Minister Balala. Betty Radier earned her doctorate in entrepreneurship and small business development and has 18 years of management experience in the areas of marketing and strategy. She has taken on a lot and looks forward "to working to position Kenya as a leading tourist destination." The fact that German carriers are significantly increasing their flights to Kenya will surely contribute to success. Starting in April, Lufthansa will fly from Frankfurt to Nairobi five times a week instead of four, even six times per week from 20 June to 20 September. Condor has also increased their frequency. Until now, Mombasa was serviced three times a week with direct flights, twice from Frankfurt and once from Munich, but another flight from Frankfurt has now been added.

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