To mark World Tourism Day and month, GreenTour Kenya has had exciting events. This year’s theme; Tourism for Inclusive Growth, looks at initiating and progressing development in different areas through tourism. GreenTour has touched on the community aspect as well as the mental well-being aspect lightly. There has been engagement from CBTOs and a hopeful online campaign. Let’s take a look at the activities.
“HOPE TREES” AT NGARE NDARE FOREST & TWALA TENEBO WOMEN CULTURAL CENTER
GreenTour Kenya project encouraged its participating community-based tourism organizations to put together tree planting activities to commemorate World Tourism Day.
As the day brings different tourism entities in the entire world to focus on Tourism for Inclusive Growth, staff of this forest trust took time planting trees to symbolize hope. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic having drastic effects on the tourism sector, they are more hopeful and optimistic that the world will open up and that the future is bright. These trees of hope serve as a reminder of their resilience and how they have survived during the hard pandemic times.
TWALA TENEBO WOMEN CULTURAL CENTER
Women from the cultural center got together and spent the day planting 100 trees on their aloe farm. The women have been working together on many tourism-related activities at the cultural center. Celebrating this year’s World Tourism Day together was an additional expression of their cooperation and commitment to managing their tourism enterprise.
TELL US YOUR STORY CAMPAIGN
Passing on the energy of resilience through storytelling was the objective of the online campaign. In addition, it was also a venue to share positivity and encourage one another to keep holding on to the hope of the situation getting better.
Ecotourism Kenya through the GreenTour Kenya project managed to compile a collection of eight stories from within the tourism industry in Kenya. The ranges of submissions were from individuals to tour operators and hotels. The campaign was run on our social media channels from 15th-24th of September 2021.
All the stories can be accessed on the YouTube channel of Ecotourism Kenya: @ecotourismkenya through the following link: