Date and Venue
The Forum will be on 3rd and 4th July 2013 at a venue to be confirmed soon.
The Forum will hold three forums as follows:
Session 1: “Ecotourism standards and best practices for tourism accommodation facilities in Kenya”
The session will focus on how tourism accommodation facilities can support local conservation values linked to local people and their communities preserve environmental integrity beyond expectations of the environmental law, while increasing customer satisfaction. The unique eco-rating scheme and its proposed linkage to NEMA in the near future will feature in this forum.
Session 2: “Tourism sustainability guidelines for tour Operators in Kenya”
How can tour operators in Kenya adopt tourism sustainability principles and best practices meaningfully? Tour operators are the backbone of the tourism sector in Kenya. This session will provide long overdue ideas and demonstrations of how tour operators can embrace tourism sustainability at nil or minimal cost to their business while contributing significantly to the growth and development of sustainable tourism in Kenya. This session will address the issue of tour operators’ certification for ecotourism standards.
Session 3: “Tourism investment opportunities in private and community areas in Kenya”
There are about 120 private and community conserved areas (also known as conservancies) in Kenya. The country has the largest number of such areas in the world. The tourism potential in conservancies is very high as proved by many successful partnerships between land owners and tourism investors in Kenya. However, these partnerships cover less than 10% of the total potential and these areas; including villages and settlements of indigenous people countrywide, offer attractive investment opportunities for tourism. The session will focus on the key business entry barriers and prevalent tourism enterprise operating environments in these areas.