Browsing: Tembea Kenya

The Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant. It is one of the affordable vacation places in Kenya’s coast. www.theexchange.africa

The trip begins with a film about the crocodile’s life cycle and behavior. The highlight of the day is a stunning scene of bloodthirsty crocodiles vying for food during feeding, which is followed by a comprehensive farm walk.
Along the, south of the Bamburi cement plant, sits (previously Bamburi Nature Trail). Since 1971, the firm has worked to transform a desolate landscape of abandoned limestone quarries into a thriving and diverse ecosystem of woodland, grasslands, and ponds.
Hippos, giraffes, buffalos, and antelopes, as well as lesser creatures and birds, can currently be seen in Haller Park.…

East Africa Community (EAC) the Partner States are estimated to have lost international tourism receipts to the tune of  $ 4.8 Billion in the year 2020, following the Covid-19 pandemic.

This follows a study by the East African Business Council (EABC) with the support of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: aimed at assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism and hospitality industry and policy options to protect sector players from COVID-19 disruptions and future pandemics.

Tourism is one of the largest foreign exchange earners and fastest-growing sectors in the East African Community (EAC). According to the EAC Secretariat, tourist arrivals in the EAC region increased from 3.5 million persons in 2006 to about 7 million in 2019. Tourism contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the EAC Partner States by an average of 9.5% in 2019. It contributed an average …

Conducting relevant research on the tourism industry will play a key role in the revival of the tourism sector in Kenya, Kenya’s Ministry of tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala has said.

The research analysis is set to determine the Kenyan destination preparedness, management and recovery, in times of crises, all guided by policies emanating from and informed by scientific research.

“Resilience and tourism development is a weighty but critical matter whose level of significance cannot be underrated. We, therefore, must endeavor to appreciate the diverse crises that are likely to affect us and create ways in which we can shape tourist thinking and actions through provision of resources and knowledge, without creating fear,” said CS Balala.

The CS acknowledged the fact that, we have the Covid-19 Pandemic with us in addition to other possible future threats that may affect the industry.

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Kenya has become the first country globally to be awarded the recommended status of the “Safer Tourism Seal” by Rebuilding Travel.

The cabinet secretary for Tourism and wildlife Najib Balala was presented with the award in a virtual event that was attended by global tourism leaders under the rebuilding travel umbrella, a global pro-tourism industry group composed of members of tourism boards, ministers of tourism, professional associations, industry stakeholders, researchers and academics as well as travelers.

Speaking after receiving the award, CS Balala said that the award is a testimony to Kenya’s continued to ensure travelers’ safety following the global covid-19 pandemic.

“As a destination, we have put together health and safety measures that are aimed at ensuring the safe reopening of the tourism sector. This is to ensure that our citizens, travelers and workers are well protected. On behalf of my country I am happy to receive this recognition …

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala, has urged Kenyans to take advantage of the reduced park entry fees and visit national parks and reserves to enjoy Kenya’s rich heritage.

He, at the same time, urged international visitors, to also take advantage of the resumption of international flights to Kenya, to come and experience the magical wonders that this country has to offer.

Balala, however, reminded all visitors going to the parks to strictly observe the country’s Ministry of Health protocols of wearing face masks, keeping social distance, washing hands and sanitizing regularly, in order to keep CORONA virus at bay.

He also called on those visiting the parks to be disciplined and keep distance from the animals, so as not to endanger their lives, while in the game parks.

The Cabinet Secretary said this today, when he launched the annual Elephant naming ceremony at Amboseli National Park, …

The Planhotel Malindi resort of hotel trio – Diamonds Dream of Africa, Sandies Malindi Dream Garden and Sandies Tropical Village have reopened to both domestic and international guests from Saturday, 1 August.

According to a statement from the hotel chain, the current occupancy started at 60% at the weekend.

The General Manager Mr Alexander Zissimatos, says that the re-opening has been received very positively.

“We hope it continues for the rest of the year”, he said.

Tourism and hospitality has been hardly hit by the global pandemic- Covid-19 forcing some hotels to temporarily shut down as measures to contain the pandemic were laid out. As a member of Small Luxury Hotel of the World (SLH), Diamonds Dream of Africa is incorporating the Stay Safe. Stay Small initiative, offering enhanced health and detailed safety guidelines launched by SLH for all 520 member hotels in 90 countries.

“Diamond Resort Malindi has prepared …

The tourism and travel sector is undoubtedly one of the worst hit globally following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arising from the pandemic, the tourism and wildlife sector is experiencing unprecedented health and socio-economic crisis of unimagined proportions. Global response measures have devastated the sector occasioned by travel restrictions. There is undoubtedly no determined end in sight to the pandemic although global efforts to find vaccine(s) and develop guidelines on how to live with COVID-19 have picked momentum.

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According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), tourism continued to outpace the global economy having recorded 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals in 2019 representing a 4% increase from the previous year.

Although the UNWTO had projected growth of about 3% to 4% in international tourist arrivals worldwide in 2020 based on the 2019 growth trends, economic prospects and the UNWTO…

According to Kenya’s Tourism Sector Performance Report 2019(KTSPR 2019), Uganda and Tanzania continue to be major tourist sources for Kenya after the USA. The country received 245,437 tourists from America last year, the highest from one country, while Uganda was second with 223,010 followed by Tanzania at 193,740.

Growth in aviation sector

The increase in arrivals from Uganda was driven by the introduction of Uganda Airline’s direct flight from Entebbe to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and Moi International Airport (MIA) in Mombasa in 2019.Arrivals from Uganda are expected to increase further this year.

Rwandan visitors to Kenya recorded the highest increase by 24.6 per cent, from 34,758 visitors in 2018 to 43,321 in 2019. That is according to international tourist arrivals data from Kenya’s department of immigration and border management. South Sudan was a close second in increase in visitors at 20.9 per cent, from 20,383 arrivals…

Africa is seen as one of the most promising regions for hotel developers, experts have revealed.

Aside from small chains and independents, four global hotel groups dominate signings and openings on the continent.

This is according to Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) a top-level gathering of investors, developers and business leaders, connecting the industry’s key players from both local and international markets Africa is still viewed as a promising region for hotel investment.

AHIF will this year be held on 6th to 8th October 2020 in Nairobi Kenya.

An analysis by AHIF notes that over the last four rolling quarters, as of September 2019, Accor, Hilton, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group have opened 2,800 rooms and signed deals for 6,600 rooms. Across Africa, hotel development remains important in most advanced economies, such as Morocco and South Africa; and projects are multiplying in East Africa, especially in …

Tanzania is emerging as an African leader in the rapidly growing meetings, conferences and events industry, experts have said.

According to an analysis by Trevor Ward of W Hospitality Group, one of the fastest growing sectors of the global tourism industry is that which goes by the acronym of MICE, which stands for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions.  The common denominator is that the events all involve groups of people, sometimes but by no means always travelling together, coming to the same place (destination) with a common purpose.

Tanzania’s growth within the business tourism sector has been driven by growing international recognition of a tourism industry second to none in terms of diversity and quality of experiences.

As younger business travellers and entrepreneurs increasingly look to combine business and leisure travel, Tanzania is moving to ensure the connectivity and infrastructure is in place to welcome growing numbers of African …