(L-R) Anthony Sempele- Group training manager, Cedric Mbiyu- Brand Development Manager, Makandi Laiboni- Marketing executive, Sarova Panafric, Anthony Ngunga- General Manager- Sarova Panafric, Mr. J.S Vohra- Managing Director- Sarova Hotels, Brenda Osewe- Sales Account Manager, Head Office, Murani Karingi- Marketing & Research Assistant- Head Office. The team proudly displays the four tourism awards.
The Kenya Tourism Federation, a private sector apex body for the tourism, hospitality and aviation industry, joined hands with the Kenya Tourist Board to recognize and reward exceptional quality and commitment of stakeholders for being the very best in their field and profession.
The first-ever Kenya Tourism Awards were held last evening at a colourful gala dinner on the grounds of the Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. The awards ceremony was graced by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, who was also the chief guest. The ceremony brought together tourism players and stakeholders both in government and the private sector. In attendance were Tourism Minister Hon. Najib Balala, Assistant Minister Ministry of Tourism Hon. Cecily Mbarire, Leah Gwiyo the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism, members of the diplomatic corps, CEOs of state and private corporations and key stakeholders in the tourism industry. The media too, was out in full force, vying to be given recognition for regular positive reporting on sectoral developments, conservation issues and the industry in general.
A total of seventeen categories of prizes were awarded to the winning companies and individuals in various categories. It is with great pleasure to announce that Sarova Hotels garnered 4 of the top awards:
|Kenya Tourism Awards 2011|
1) Best Accommodation Facility Award - City Hotel - Sarova Stanley
2) Best Accommodation Facility Award - Beach Hotel - Sarova Whitesands
3) Best Investment Award in Human Capital Development
4) Best Domestic Tourism Award
The event gained additional significance for the Kenya tourism industry as the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Executive Council met for the first time in Kenya at a coastal resort in Mombasa and concluded their visit to East Africa’s most significant tourism destination by attending the Kenya Tourism Award celebration.