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It was a tremendous night for Kenya at the 23rd edition of World Travel Awards (Africa & Indian Ocean) Gala Ceremony held in Stone Town, Zanzibar at the weekend.

Having been on the receiving end of multiple negative travel advisories imposed by western nations following terror incidences in recent years, Kenya impressively proved her resilience on several fronts.

The Kenya Tourism Board especially was lauded for their notable work in marketing the country abroad, and scooped the award for the leading African tourist board. Delightfully, Nairobi was recognised as leading the continent as a meeting and conference destination, while Mombasa scooped the award for the best destination and Diani that of best beach.

Kenya Airways further led in the airline category, scooping dual awards for the African leading airline & the leading airline in the business class category.

Several of our large hotels also featured amongst the winners of the day. Most notably, Serena Hotel was acknowledged as the number one African hotel brand, the African leader in the green hotel category and also the winning Kenyan business hotel. Having opened its doors towards the end of last year, Radisson Blu took first prize for new African hotels. Sarova Stanley was also voted Kenya’s leading hotel.

Across the East African region, Ethiopian Airlines emerged the African winner for economy air travel, while Hilton Addis Ababa was Ethiopia’s leading hotel. The Serena Hotel brand further emerged leading hotel in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

(Picture courtesy of World Travel Awards)

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