[18th June 2012]


The Kenya booth was once again a beehive of activity during the Kanku Tabihaku Tourism event held at the Kansai International Airport on the 19th and 20th May, 2012.

Kanku Tabihaku (Travel Exhibition) is the biggest travel exhibition in the western region of Japan. The event introduces all travel destinations around the world in order to attract international tourists. This was 8th exhibition. Last year, over 32,000 people visted the exhibition and more than 130 companies and organizations participated. The number of visitors this year increased to 35,000.

The event which is organized by the Kansai International Airport Co., Ltd. in collaboration with the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Kansai Branch;Japan Tourism Agency,and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism presented a galore of activities. Participants were treated to a variety of booths ranging from tourism destinations to airlines (that provide discounted rates). Cuisines from the four corners of the world were served and to crown it all participants were invited to a colourful KIX (Kansai International Airport)Civil wedding.

This year, the Kenya Booth was strategically located near the main stage which was a major attraction to revelers who flocked to see the performances/events in main stage. "Janken(rock-paper-scissors) ", a Japanese game was played with visitors at the booth. The winners were awarded Kenyan tea. The game was a success as it attracted people who made queues for around 10 to 15 minutes to play. In general everybody enjoyed the games and presents.

Kenyan Booth

Ms. Nthiwa playing "Janken(rock-paper-scissors) " with visitors

Visitors made queues to wait for their turn to play


Destination seminar is another activity that takes place during the festival. Kenya Embassy organized a travel seminar on 19th May from 11:30hrs – 12:15hrs at the adjacent Hotel Nikko Kansai Aiport. The seminar opened with a welcome speech from His Excellency the Ambassador who warmly invited the potential clients to visit Kenya. A DVD giving overall information on Kenya was played before a presentation on the major tourist attraction was made by Ms. Reiko Kuroko, the Mission's Tourism Assistant. The climax of the successful seminar was a lottery where winners were gifted with beautiful Kenyan products.

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