Kenya’s tourism industry bagged more than ten awards at the World Travel Awards in Zanzibar.

The tourism’s board was voted Africa’s best and Kenya voted Africa’s leading destination. Diani Beach was voted Africa’s dream destination.

Nairobi was voted Africa’s leading business meeting and conference destination and Masai Mara the best national park in Africa.

Kenya Airways was named Africa’s leading airline and the best for business class travelers.

Other Kenyan companies that received awards included Diamonds Dream of Africa which was named Africa’s leading all-inclusive hotel.

Leopard Beach Resort and Spa won the award for Africa’s leading family resort, Tribe Hotel Kenya was voted Africa’s leading design hotel and Serena Hotel Africa’s best green hotel.

The award for Africa’s leading meetings and conference destination went to Nairobi while Africa’s leading destination and cruise port 2016 went to Mombasa.

Tourism Principal Secretary Fatuma Mohamed, who received the awards on behalf of the sector, lauded industry players.

She singled out Nairobi as having become a city of choice for international conferencing, adding the KICC plays a key role.

“The increase in bed capacity through the entry of international brands like Radisson Blu and Kempinski, and the recently opened Golden Tulip Hotel, enhanced security,” she said.

Mohamed said improved infrastructure has seen Kenya meet international standards for successful bidding to host global meetings.

The awards were received at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards, Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands Gala Ceremony held at Diamond La Gemma Hotel in Zanzibar on Saturday night.

Kenya was voted the leading safari destination during the 2015 World Travel Awards held in El Jadida, Morocco.

Other Kenyan winners in the sector included:
Kenya’s leading travel agency – Bonfire Ventures
Kenya’s leading travel management company – Abercrombie & Kent
Kenya’s leading safari lodge – Sarova Shaba Game Lodge
Africa’s leading hotel brand – Serena Hotels

Source: The Star