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SAFARI RALLY: Kenya Tourism Board taps into Uganda’s motorsports fervour

Rally participants were flagged off at the Kenya High Commission in Kampala on March 26

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) is seizing the marketing opportunity presented by the upcoming WRC Safari Rally to promote destination Kenya and stimulate travel, especially in the East African region.

KTB Ag. Chief Executive Officer, John Chirchir says that the world-famous motorsport tournament has immense potential for tourism growth and is among the board’s key strategies to boost arrivals from the wider East African region.

This, he noted, goes by the increasing number of tourist arrivals from the neighboring East African countries which now rank among Kenya’s top source markets.

“The upcoming WRC Safari Rally is a prime opportunity to showcase Kenya and the East African region’s unique tourism offerings to motorsports enthusiasts and leisure travellers alike. A source market like Uganda now firmly ranks second to the USA in tourist arrivals to Kenya, having contributed 125,556 visitors in 2023 compared to 87,448 in 2022 – a 43.6% growth,” Chirchir said on March 26.

Chirchir added: “Tanzania and Rwanda also feature prominently among our top ten source markets. We want to further stimulate interest and travel in an important regional bloc for us.”

As part of this integrated experiential marketing campaign, KTB is hosting several motorsports fans from Uganda ahead of the WRC Safari Rally set to roar into action this week.

All set for Kenya’s Safari rally

The 150 motorsports fans drawn from various rally groups among Uganda’s motorsports community would later be treated to a breakfast meet and greet in Naivasha ahead of their curated itineraries that will offer them a glimpse of the country’s diverse tourism offerings.

Chirchir noted that this initiative is aimed at capturing the interests of a well-defined niche market with high potential.

“There is no better way to experience the excitement of the WRC Safari Rally than being part of it. Uganda’s fervor for motorsports extends beyond its borders, influencing the broader African motorsports culture. We want to give the Uganda motorsports fans a first-hand feel of what Kenya has to offer beyond the adrenaline-filled rally tracks,” he said.

Besides marketing the East Africa region as a single tourism circuit, the KTB boss was optimistic about such initiatives in further complementing and boosting intra-Africa travel.

The Safari Rally is slated for March 28-31, KTB will be looking to boost destination visibility and showcase Kenya’s unique tourism offerings to motorsports enthusiasts and leisure travellers alike.

The board in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and the WRC recently hosted top drivers for an excursion trip to the Maasai Mara National Reserve as part of this integrated campaign to immerse key influencers in the quintessential Kenyan safari experience.



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