First Lady Margaret Kenyatta meets Barack Obama in Seville, Spain

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta met with the 44th President of the US Barack Obama on the sidelines of the 19th World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Seville, Spain. President Barack Obama expressed his gratitude to the First Lady and Kenya for being at the forefront in the promotion of the travel and tourism industry stating that the First Lady’s participation at the global event, is a clear demonstration of Kenya’s commitment to the sector.

The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrived in Seville, Spain yesterday for the World Trade and Tourism Council (WTTC) 19th Global Summit.

She arrived at Seville Santander Juanta Train station, at 6pm Kenyan time. This is the 3rd busiest station in Spain serving over 8 million travellers annually.

On arrival at the station, the First Lady was received by the Spanish Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabelle Maria Oliver Sagreras, and Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

The First Lady, who has been at the forefront in championing wildlife conservation through her “ Hands off our Elephants” campaign, is scheduled to give a keynote address at the Global Summit. The theme of her address is “Africa Rising”.

This year’s Summit is expected to attract a record attendance of over 1,500 delegates.

The event will be centred on the theme of ‘Changemakers’, harnessing the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world from Seville and the world-changing impact of that achievement.

WTTC aims to inspire delegates with change-making individuals and ideas to craft the future vision of Travel & Tourism.

Entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, diversity, and inclusivity will drive the conversation.

The First Lady, whose efforts to conserve wildlife have gained global recognition, was in October last year invited to London, in the United Kingdom where she addressed the fourth Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT).

During the London’s conference, the First Lady affirmed Kenya’s leadership and commitment to eradicating illegal trade in wildlife across the world. The First Lady said Kenya has recorded a significant decline in poaching due to its enhanced wildlife law enforcement efforts and the Government’s proactive anti-poaching measures.

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