Various cities globally commemorated this year’s world tourism day (WTD) on a high note amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. However, none outshone the golden city of Mombasa in Kenya. It was one for the ages, with collaborations from the local government, and natives ensuring that the day runs without any hiccups, all in adherence to COVID 19 protocols.
The 2020 WTD event programs in Mombasa were advertised way before September 27th, having the residents, not just from the city, but across East Africa, enthusiastic for the day’s arrival. Hence, the throngs of people in attendance was the vivid evidence of the excitement that was held up in their hearts.
The popularity of WTD 2020 in county 001 (Mombasa) was first and foremost due to the incorporation of something no other city worldwide had ever done before. This was inclusion of sports, in particular, cycling, in the event’s programs. Yes, you had it right. The city of Mombasa blabbed one of its best kept secrets, and the world couldn’t be more grateful.
The cycling competition featured an array of participants of all ages, from across Kenya. Cyclists were to follow a designated path, through the most acclaimed tourist attractions points of Mombasa, and their destination was Mama Ngina Waterfront (the venue of the day).
It was through this sport event that the globe truly appreciated what Mombasa has to offer, more so for the tourism industry.
2020 WTD Mombasa showcased some of the best cultural artifacts synonymous to the city’s native tribes. Led by the county’s governor, Ali Hassan Joho, the people in attendance went round the various set up tents viewing the array of artifacts on display.
First there were tents were you could get to see attires famously linked to the Swahili culture. Here there were numerous “deras”, heenas and “lesos.” People got to go home with a piece of Mombasa at pocket friendly prices.
Next was a tent showcasing the artistic side of the locals. Most notably, there were paintings depicting the local Swahili and Arabian culture. In addition were several curios on display. Those with a sweet tooth for art went home all smiles.
It couldn’t be a Mombasa event without food, and boy did they not disappoint. Local hotels, catering companies, men and women alike, got a once in a lifetime opportunity to display their ultimate culinary skills, and get an income while at it. No tummy was left wanting.
The local government wanted their citizens to have the best of all worlds, and it was with this desire that they invited the nation’s and county’s A-list artists to entertain. Popular artists like Khaligraph Jones, King Kaka, Susumila, among others took to stage, singing their well mastered songs along with the locals, as well as songs preaching against ill practices in the tourism sector such as poaching.
It was indeed a historic WTD in Mombasa County.