Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN’s Richard Quest

Nairobi Underground Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN's Richard Quest

CNN’s Richard Quest spoke to Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism in Kenya, following their earlier meeting in Nairobi as part of Quest’s World of Wonder.

Nairobi Underground Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN's Richard Quest Nairobi Underground Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN's Richard Quest Nairobi Underground Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN's Richard Quest Nairobi Underground Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN's Richard Quest

On attracting tourism to the country, Balala notes, “Kenya’s safari is an authentic one… the word safari is a Swahili word, it comes from Kenya. Its authentic, it’s real out of Africa and now we’ve introduced a direct flight from New York to Nairobi, it’s direct and it’s efficient… Kenya is not just about safari, it’s about investment, the beach, cultural tourism, sport tourism. We have more than animals, but our core product is safari and the beach.”

During the discussion, Balala spoke of attracting tourists to Kenya with its wildlife safaris and beaches. He told Quest “Kenya’s safari is an authentic one… the word safari is a Swahili word, it comes from Kenya.

Nairobi Underground Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Chats Tourism with CNN's Richard Quest

Najib Balala meets footballer Ronaldinho in Nairobi. The Betika’s brand ambassador is touring the country.

Najib Balala also spoke of how the Kenyan government was committed to ensuring the security of tourists; “The government is on top of it. We have CCTV all over the cities, we have invested so much money in human resources and in the equipment of the security sector. We have done our best as the Government to make sure security is number one, not only for tourists but for Kenyans and our investors.”

With measures taken to ease heavy traffic in Nairobi, Balala added, “The government is investing heavily in bypasses and infrastructure so that can ease the traffic. We already have engineers on the ground to do a flyover from the airport to the other side of the city so that will ease the traffic of Nairobi.”

Additional info credited to CNN’s Quest Means Business

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