Balala Elected Chair, UNWTO Commission for Africa
Kenya's Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has been elected Chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa for the 2017-2019 term.
He was unveiled at the ongoing 22nd General Assembly of the UNWTO conference in the city of Chengdu, China.
Balala takes over from Zimbabwe's Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi who was re-elected to the position two years ago for the 2015-2017 term.
UNWTO is the world's most powerful tourism organisation with equivalent status as the World Trade Organization.
Regional commissions, such the one Balala will be heading, were established in 1975 as subsidiary organs of the General Assembly. The six normally meet once a year.
Balala, who has in the past won the Africa Tourism Minister of the year ward (2009), has been credited for spearheading the country's tourism sector's recovery efforts after it crashed towards the end of 2012 following bouts of terror attacks in Nairobi and at the Coast.