CNN meets deep sea fisherman Angus Paul

On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets deep sea fisherman Angus Paul in Malindi, Kenya. During the programme, CNN learns about his passion for fishing and the upcoming Malindi International Fishing Festival. Paul’s love for fishing has been passed down from his family as he explains: “My grandfather actually started fishing here, many years ago. And my father also he worked in the fisheries department here and his love was fishing, and he’s passed it on to me and he’s passed it on to my older son Arran.”…

DARLING KENYA DONATES WIGS TO CANCER CHAMPIONS

Darling Kenya Chief Executive Officer Gaurav Kaushal takes KENCASA executive director Grace Injene (L) and Mary Wambugu a breast cancer survivor through  one of their products during the Darling donation of premium wigs to cancer survivors   Darling, East Africa’s leading hair extensions manufacturer, has donated wigs to the Kenya Cancer Association (KENCANSA) for cancer champions undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy. The wigs are part of the premium product range the brand recently launched under its ‘Curls and Colour’ campaign. Darling Kenya Chief Executive Officer Mr. Gaurav Kaushal said that…

CNN explores Kenya’s skydiving scene

By CNN This week on Inside Africa, CNN International travels to the Kenyan coast where the Skydive Diani team are one of the only fully operational skydiving centres on the continent, outside of South Africa. Diani Beach is one of the few places in the world where skydivers can jump out, over the ocean and land on a beach all year-round. Chief Supervisor, Gary Lincoln-Hope tells CNN about how the company first started: “Skydive Diani started by complete chance… A bunch of skydivers found themselves in Kenya and were missing their passion,…

Meets FBI, a dance crew putting Kenya on a global stage

At the World Hip Hop International competition FBI won an award for best cultural act, once again putting Kenya on a global stage On this week’s episode of African Voices, CNN International meets a six-member dance crew from Kenya who represent their country on dance stages all over the world. The programme speaks to the dance crew, FBI, as they are prepare for the World Hip Hop International in Phoenix, Arizona. Ezra Njagi, one member of the dance crew, tells CNN how their name originated: “The name FBI came up through…

Hope for dyslexic learners as organization seeks to establish resource centre

Kayamba Africa’s Victor Mbuvi. He has thrown his weight behind the ‘I Can Fly’ campaign that seeks to raise funds for the construction of a resource center for dyslexic learners. By Abednego Mwikya Dyslexic children will soon have a haven to run to once a lobby group that champions for the rights of such children puts up a resource centre at Kitengela, Kajiado County. Dyslexia Organization-Kenya has already put up a school in Kitengela that specializes in the handling and teaching of children with the condition. Dyslexia is an often…

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…