Ease of access to spur investment opportunities by German entrepreneurs. The tourism sector has received a shot in the arm
with the resumption of the Lufthansa German airline after 18 years absence from the Kenyan skies.
Yesterday the airline with 140 passengers on board touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to a warm reception by Maasai traditional dancers.
Flights between Frankfurt and Nairobi are now scheduled four times a week.
East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phylis Kandie who graced the inauguration of the resumption at a Nairobi hotel termed the move timely.
She said the resumption of the airline will help in growing tourism numbers with ease of access to Kenya.
“The German market has always been one of Kenya’s largest and most resilient source markets and we are confident that the resumption of Lufthansa flights will translate directly into increasing arrival numbers to the country”, she said
German Ambassador to Kenya Jutta Frasch said the resumption of the airline was a confirmation of Nairobi as a strategic business hub in the region.
She said German investors have shown keen interest to invest in Kenya being a key investment hub in the region.
Over the years, German entrepreneurs have invested in the tourism business in Kenya, owning and operating facilities like beach hotels, safari lodges, as well as incoming tour operators or travel agencies setting their base in the country.
“Without a doubt, Lufthansa’s direct flights will significantly improve the business environment in Kenya for German companies, while at the same time, leisure tourists will benefit from the quick and comfortable connection into the heart of Kenya” said Kandie.
Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa disclosed that Germany is Kenya’s third largest European source market after UK and Italy and added that the market has the potential for further growth.
He said that research shows German tourists stay longer in Kenya than travelers from other nationalities, noting that this will translate into more bed nights and higher spending in the country.