by Chrispinus Omar
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways and
Air France-KLM on Friday inked a partnership deal with a major
charter airline operator in Europe, TUI, to boost tourism in the
East African nation.
Kenya Airways Head of Global
Marketing Jacque Muhati said the partnership targets tourists
taking package trips to Kenya’s top destinations including the
coastal towns of Mombasa and Diani as well as the Maasai Mara
"This partnership will underscore the important role that
Kenya Airways plays in the growth of tourism, specifically
creating vital linkages between Kenya and the international
tourism source market," Muhati said.
Under the partnership, TUI (formerly known as Thompson) will
book its Kenya-bound customers on Kenya Airways and KLM flights.
Customers will be connected to their tourist destination
through the Kenya Airways hub, Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport (JKIA), in Nairobi.
TUI returns to the Kenyan market three years after suspending
its operations in the country.
It previously operated its own charter plane into Mombasa.
TUI, which operates out of the Netherlands’ main airport
Schipol International, has cut a niche for itself in the airline
industry by organizing package trips that handle clients flight
bookings, transfers and hotel bookings.
Kenya expects tourist arrivals to drop in 2017 due to the
prolonged electioneering period caused by nullification of the
Aug. 8 presidential polls.