Kenya Tourist Board and its South African counterpart South African Tourism are to sign a memorandum of understanding to boost cooperation between the two countries. Rather than trying to snatch tourists from one another, we can start selling our countries as a package, South African Tourism's manager for Africa and Middle East, Tumaini Leshoai, is quoted as saying by Kenyas? state-owned newspaper The Nation .
The initiatives will be directed both at tourists coming from within Africa and visitors arriving from other parts of the world in an attempt to harness a growing market in Africa. The number of South Africans visiting Kenya rose from 34,400 in 2004 to 48,200 last year according to South African Tourism. The number of Kenyans visiting South Africa also rose, from 19,549 in 2004 to 20,738 in 2005, putting Kenya in third place behind Nigeria and Angola for the number of tourists to the Rainbow Nation.