Kenya and Ukraine agree to enhance tourism cooperation despite Covid-19 disruption


Kenya and Ukraine have agreed to establish a direct dialogue between the Kenya Tourism Board and the Ukrainian tour operators.

This emerged on Monday when Ukraine Ambassador to Kenya Andrii Pravednyk held an on-line meeting with Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

During the meeting, the two countries took note of the potential of further strengthening of the partnership and expanding in tourism, among other areas of mutual interest.

Ambassador Pravednyk and CS Balala also discussed the challenges in the tourism sector amidst Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has slowed international travel, hitting hard the tourism sector. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s announcement of cessation of movement and revision of curfew hours in the counties of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado and Nakuru worsened an already bad situation.

Regardless, Ukraine embassy in a statement said the first direct flight between Kyiv-Mombasa scheduled for April 17 is still on and is an evidence of “a great interest of the Ukrainian travellers to visit Kenya”.

The embassy said this offers unique opportunity to enjoy traditional recreation combined with exploration the wildlife of Africa.

“Ambassador H.E. Andrii Pravednyk noted that today the search for new tourist destinations is an important factor in the work of Ukrainian tour operators,” the statement said.

Kenya, Ukraine to deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation

In January this year, Mombasa and Ukrainian City of Odesa signed a partnership deal to unlock tourism potential.

The agreement was signed by Odesa Deputy Mayor Oleg Bryndak and Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi.

“The agreement between Ukrainian Odesa and Kenyan Mombasa will help to establish and strengthen the ties between the business circles of the two cities, unlock mutual tourism potential and expand cooperation between cities’ ports,” Ukraine Embassy said in a statement.

Like Mombasa, Odessa is a tourism destination, a seaport and transport hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea in Ukraine

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