Photos: Eliud Kipchoge, CS Balala tour Nairobi National Park
World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala [photo courtesy]

World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala on Friday morning toured the Nairobi National Park for a game drive.

The tour comes four months after Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala reiterated his ministry’s commitment to continue leveraging on promoting Sports Tourism.

Photos: Eliud Kipchoge, CS Balala tour Nairobi National Park
Eliud Kipchoge gifts Balala the shoe he used to run under two hours in Vienna, Austria [photo courtesy]

Late last year, the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) handed a destination ambassadorial role to Eliud Kipchoge, to promote Kenya’s tourism both locally, regionally and internationally.

Photos: Eliud Kipchoge, CS Balala tour Nairobi National Park
World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala [photo courtesy]

The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports, are targeting to fully exploit the untapped sports industry; sports tourism (sports following and fame of sports personalities) to achieve their aim of reviving the economy as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Photos: Eliud Kipchoge, CS Balala tour Nairobi National Park
Standard Sports Editor Robin Toskin with World Marathon Record holder Eliud Kipchoge [photo courtesy]

The tourism industry, which was targeting to generate Sh189 billion in 2020/21 Sh22 billion more than what they collected in 2019, is among the worst-hit sector by the pandemic, losing Sh80 billion between February and June 2020.

Photos: Eliud Kipchoge, CS Balala tour Nairobi National Park
Inside Nairobi National Park [photo courtesy]

 

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