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East African Countries Join Forces

In a bid to unlock the potential of East Africa, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s first UNWTO East Africa

Tourism Development Forum gathered leaders and stakeholders from the region as well as the Vanilla Islands.

Participants aimed to identify opportunities to maximise sustainable tourism development through collaboration.

“Tourism is a critical component of the East African economy and important part of our common destiny,” stressed William Samoei Ruto, deputy president, Kenya, saying that the biggest challenge is to work together to improve every aspect of the experience offered to visitors.

Taleb Rifai, secretary general, UNWTO, applauded the recent introduction of the East Africa Tourist Visa, which allows travel between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.