Greenpeace Africa Calls on China to Maintain the Ban on Rhino Horns

Conservationists in Kenya are worried by China’s decision to reverse the ban on trade in tiger bones and rhino horns.  Experts have also condemned the move as one that could have dire repercussions for the endangered species.  Reacting to these developments, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior political advisor, Fredrick Njehu has said: “China’s decision to reopen trade on rhino horns and tiger bones will not only reactivate the demand for rhino products, but also contribute to a rise in poaching and other illegal activities. This also reverses steps that have been made…

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,…

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…

Greenpeace calls on president to include Food Safety in Big Four Agenda

By Jacktone Lawi International environmental watchdog and lobby group has called on the government to put in place a standardization system for food supplies in a bid to save consumers from harmful foodstuffs. Greenpeace is urging the government to put in place robust policies and regulatory provisions that traces the food supplies through the value chain. According to Claire Nasike Greenpeace Africa’s food for life Campaigner, this will help in ensuring that standards are adhered to and food safety guaranteed.” The past few months have seen increased cases of substandard…

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…

Luxury tree houses that will bring to life your childhood fantasies

Remember that backyard escape with your siblings to a tree house? Or a lazy solo afternoon of quiet to read, relax and reflect on the events of your youthful days? Oh, how sometimes we wish to relive those moments where we can just forget, even for a weekend, the stresses of our adult life, and hideaway amidst tree branches. Well, with glamping hub, it is still possible to fulfill your childhood fantasies with a perfect opportunity to spend a cherished night and to wake up to the chirping of the…

CNN meets the people keeping ‘Mama Elephant’s’ dream alive

                      This week on Inside Africa, CNN International meets Angela Sheldrick, the daughter of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, to learn how her mother’s animal conservation legacy is being kept alive in Africa. Known for her trailblazing work with orphaned elephants in Kenya, Dame Daphne had created the most successful rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world. Throughout her years building the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, named after her late husband, Dame Daphne Sheldrick had rescued and rehabilitated over 230 baby elephants,…

Demystifying Luxury Tourism: A Case Study of Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa

Credits: Josephine Wawira / PR Manager – Jumia Kenya Luxury tourism is being redefined just like every aspect of the hospitality industry. Beyond the world of first-class flights to the coast of Kenya and the palatial beach resorts previously experienced by an older, wealthier generation, luxury tourism has evolved to include a younger generation in the rising middle class. So how do the affluent beach resorts maintain the exclusivity and top-notch services while catering to the needs of a mushrooming, well-off population?   Types of Luxury Travelers A no brainer for…

Hemingways partners with EcoWorld for eco-awareness course

As part of its commitment to preserving the Kenyan coastline and ecosystem within it, Hemingways Watamu hotel has amalgamated with a local non-governmental organization ‘EcoWorld Watamu,’ which employs underprivileged locals to collect plastic debris along the beach each week and reuse and recycle it for better purposes. All plastic waste from Hemingways Watamu is directed to EcoWorld where it is separated according to weight and colour, before being shredded or melted, and recycled.  The recycled waste is used in creating art works, furniture, fence posts, and trinkets, generating income while…

Fly Tristar’s launches low cost flight to Coast

Fly Tristar has announced the start of low cost early morning flight service to and fro Mombasa beginning this month to January 2019. It is estimated about 4000 customers boarding the Fly Tristar will be flown into the county between the periods, a move that is set to boost coastal tourism sector which is in the mend following a significant setbacks caused by terror threats, prolonged electioneering period coupled with political chaos in 2017 and travel advisories which prompted western governments to issue travel advisories to their nationals. Commenting on the good news to the…