#EatTweet4 event at the UK High Commissioner’s residence in Kenya

UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey with Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala at the #EatTweet4 event. Photo: Twitter/tunajibu

Last night (14 April), the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, hosted a live event from his residence in Nairobi in which guests were invited to hear about the challenges and future of tourism in Kenya from a range of speakers while enjoying an Indian themed meal.

During the evening, guests heard from Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala, who said that the UK sends around 100,000 visitors to Kenya yearly, more than any other country.

He also revealed that the government is investing heavily in security and that product development, marketing and capacity building are his priority. However, a lack of wifi is responsible for losing major clientele.

Mr Balala said he believes that tourism benefits both Kenya and the UK, and that the industry is key to Kenya’s economic development.

Guests also heard how tourism has evolved with visitors searching for destinations online, meaning brochures and social media accounts are pivotal for growth and sustained success.

You can follow last night’s event through our live feed from the evening below.