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…

Kenyan food with a twist

“Food tastes much better when you eat it with your hands,” declares Nairobi-based food blogger Kaluhi Adagala, using her fingers to tease some freshly baked tilapia off the bone. “It’s like a hands-on, intimate relationship between you and the food.”Adagala is in the dining room of the Delta Plaza branch of contemporary Kenyan restaurant Nyama Mama bold with African wax prints with a colorful feast of fish, meat, samosas, cornmeal and greens prepared by executive chef Lesiamon Sempele. Nairobi is the vibrant, chaotic heart of Kenya. It’s a fast-evolving city…

 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…

Elani and Greenpeace Africa join hands to encourage ecologically friendly agriculture

Entertainment brand Elani has thrown its weight behind Greenpeace Africa’s campaign for practice of environmentally safe agriculture. The fact that food security is one of the items of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda means that we must all contribute towards successful agriculture. We should get to that point where Kenya does not have to import foodstuff. After all, most of these imports are coming into the country already contaminated and therefore dangerous for human consumption,” said Elani.   The band said their presence in Greenpeace campaigns will serve to…

MILLENNIAL RESHAPING HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

By Hasnain Noorani It’s hard to believe it’s been more than ten years since the 2007/2008 political skirmishes which almost brought Kenya’s economy to its knees forcing consumers to focus on reducing their expenditures. Now, for the first time since 2008, it looks like the hotel and hospitality industry is returning to normal — whatever normal is. It’s in deed heartening to see statistical evidence, which shows occupancy rates are on the rise and holiday makers are travelling again (Jumia Travel and hospitality report of 2018). For many Kenyan millennials,…

Surge of the digital travel consumer

The rise of the digital era has become fundamental in the travel and tourism industry. Digitization is increasingly seen to empower travel consumers especially those seeking diversification and personalization for a remarkable experience. From the very initial stage of travel arrangements, the digital consumer seeks information key in deciding how, where, when to travel, what to expect and even more significantly, why to choose one destination, hotel, airline, or travel agency over another. Image by Rawpixel.com The latter is especially because price comparison as well as customer experience – often…

Governors spearhead realization of Kenya’s blue economy potential

By Abednego Mwikya The bid for full exploitation of the potential of Kenya’s blue economy has gained momentum after county governments vowed to rally behind the agenda. More than 20 governors from counties endowed with blue economy resources said they will be on the forefront in spurring conversations around utilization of water resources in the country with a view to creating job opportunities for unemployed Kenyans and for improvement of the economy. “Going forward, we are going to tackle the challenges that prevent this country from tapping the full potential…

Hemingways Watamu to host 2018 marine excursion

The Watamu Bucket List campaign has listed 10 must-do activities for visitors to Watamu Hemingways Collection has welcomed the launch of the Twin Migration Campaign by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. The campaign seeks to promote the double annual migration of wildebeests in the Masai Mara and that of humpback whales in Watamu beach, a unique wildlife phenomenon on both the savannah and the sea occurring between July and September annually. This event has been monitored since 2011 with numbers of whales passing through Kenya varying. In the boom…

HOSPITALITY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC GROWTH IN KENYA AND BEYOND

By Hasnain Noorani Tourism and hospitality is one of the major engines for inclusive growth and sustainable economic development in Kenya with total contribution of 3.7% to country’s total GDP and directly supporting 429,500 jobs (3.4% of total employment). This, according to World travel and Tourism Council report of 2018 is expected to rise by 2.8% in 2018 and rise by 2.7% pa to 574,000 jobs (3.2% of total employment) in 2028. This is perhaps why the tourism industry has stretched from seaside to mountain resorts in Kenya. Tourism in…

Tourism in Nakuru projected to rise with completion of ksh800m luxury homes

Nakuru County is set to receive a boost in tourism facilities following the completion of KSh800 Constructed by Superior Homes Kenya the luxury homes sit on a 12-acre plot along Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, the facility boasts of breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic views of Lake Elementaita, consisting of 33 standard Villas, 13 Villa Suites and 4 Executive Villas, conference facility with access to recreation facilities such as a bar and restaurant, gym, spa and an infinity swimming pool. “With the tourism sector projected to grow in double digits in 2018, Lake Elementaita Mountain…