PRIDEINN GEARS UP FOR A NEW TOURISM ERA AT IMEX FRANKFURT 2019

 Indigenous hotel group PrideInn will join top brass industry players at IMEX FRANKFURT 2019 travel expo in Germany from Tuesday to Thursday next week. The hotel chain will use this platform to showcase meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) tourism which has grown to become a key option for the tourism and hospitality industry within the Kenyan coast and in Nairobi. “Our focus at IMEX Frankfurt this year is to create new ties with the MICE industry, and build on existing ones. Kenya’s MICE sector has taken steady steps to…

City Hall collected Sh1.7 billion from parking services by end of March

Nairobi City County Government collected Sh 1.7 billion from its parking charges in the period ending 30th march this financial year. The county had projected to collect Sh 2.6 billion by close of the 2018/19 financial year and with one and half months only remaining before the year ends, the target remains a pipe dream. The month of January 2019 recorded the highest collections, which is Sh238.3 million while August 2018 recorded the least amount, Sh 148.2 million. In the 2017/18 financial year, the county collected Sh 1.8 billion from…

Kariobangi Sharks FC to play Everton Football Club in Kenya

Everton Football Club will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, to take on Kariobangi Sharks Football Club in the first 2019 pre-season friendly announced by the Club. The game, organised through the SportPesa partnership, will take place on Sunday, 7 July  at the Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi. Kariobangi Sharks FC are winners of the 2019 edition of the SportPesa Cup, East Africa’s biggest football tournament, which took place in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, in January. Their 1-0 win over Bandari FC gave them regional supremacy and the opportunity to play Everton. The game against Kariobangi Sharks FC marks Everton’s second visit…

Hass Consult banks on Riverside Drive for its mixed-use development

Hass Consult unveiled niche development Riverside Square, spanning 250 apartments, offices, boutique stores, infinity pools, gyms and open-air leisure facilities, on Riverside Drive, which it selected as the emerging hub of Nairobi’s wealthy Bohemian class, the BOHOs. “As development managers, we have led the way in financial models and market positioning in Kenya for over two decades. During that time, the real estate market has become more sophisticated, to the position, by 2019, where only carefully thought through investments with clear and under-served target markets now sell rapidly,” said Sakina…

Kenya National Private Security Worker’s Union issues strike notice

Kenya National Private Security Worker’s Union is a duly registered trade Union under the ministry of labour and social protection with the sole mandate of representing unionizable employees in the private security sector in Kenya. We intend to issue 21 days strike notice to All employers in the private security industry in particular the non- complying ones that have persistently opted to: 1. Underpaying the private security officers. 2. Disregarded overtime payments to the private security officers. 3. Drawn disparity in terms of remuneration between day and night guards. In…

City Hall unable to collect Sh300 billion from defaulters

By Erick Ludeya The County has admitted to internal working challenges that have made it difficult to reign in on defaulters who owe it a staggering Sh300 billion in debts. This emerged on Wednesday during an enquiry by the Budget and Finance Commitee which was infomed that the county has only collected Sh627,511,966 million in the current financial year, from a target of Sh3.1billion. The amounts accumulate from rates, Single Business Permits,Fire,adverts,medicals,loading zones and way leaves. Officers from the Debt Collection Unit(dcu) headed by James Lempaka cited lack of operational…

 Hemingways Collection rolls out a five-year fixed return offer for owners

Hemingways Collection has rolled out a five-year Guaranteed Fixed Return offer for owners of the Hemingways Residences in Watamu which are now fully complete and ready for sale. The offer guarantees a return of 7% per annum on the USD purchase price including service charge, for five years, which results in 8.5% rental yield per annum and an effective 33% discount rate on the sale price of the properties. The Hemingways Residences comprise of 21 one, two and four bedroom apartments located within the five star Hemingways Watamu hotel. Styled with…

Meet David Eris a hot air balloon pilot flying over Masi Mara

On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets veteran hot air balloon pilot David Eris Nguruga. Having shown off Kenya’s Masai Mara sunrise for over 12 years, Nguruga explains how he turned a childhood dream into reality. Nguruga fondly remembers when his love for flying began: “I think I had developed a liking for flying airplanes when I was a kid. I remember, we were having lunch and this fighter jet came out. I stepped out and stepped on my food just to see this plane. I was…

Government Commits to Address Forced Displacement and Migration Challenges

Forced displacement presents a major development challenge in the East and Horn of Africa Region, accounting for some of the world’s most protracted displacement cases with limited prospects for return or self-reliance. The Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) has admitted its first students drawn across the IGAD member states region. The government’s school specializes on migration. Speaking at the opening of the Scientific Conference on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration, Immigration PS Gordon Kihalangwa said the institution, a regularly updated National Migration Profile and a robust national migration policy that…

CS Magoha calls for reforms in higher education

The CS is calling for reforms in higher education including collapsing institutions offering the same courses citing Rwanda and SA as countries that have instituted mergers in universities with a high level of success. This suggestion came shortly after Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has rejected 30 requests for the establishment of new universities in the country citing new universities establishment will only duplicate courses offered in existing ones. Magoha queried the rate at which universities were expanding calling for the need to churn out quality students as well as establish a…