Over 300 entries received for Kenya’s inaugural sports film festival

More than 300 entries have been received for Kenya’s inaugural sports film festival to be held in November, officials have disclosed. The Kenya International Sports Film Festival (KISFF), which was launched recently, will run between Nov.22 and Nov.25 and will feature films from across the globe. The fete is an initiative of former national cricket team captain, Aasif Karim under his Safinaz Foundation that promotes sports in the country and aims to use the movies to unify and inspire society. Florence Nduta, the festival director who is also the national…

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 million iconic holiday homes dubbed Lake Elementaita Mountain Lodge. 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…

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,…

Kenya to showcase tourist attractions during Skal global conference

By Abednego Mwikya Kenya will for the first time host the global Skal conference in Mombasa in October this year. The five-day conference is expected to give local tourism hotspots a boost from the conference will provide an opportunity for both local and international delegates to tour various attractions during their stay in Kenya. During a media briefing in Nairobi, Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala said Kenya was honored to host the conference this time, saying insecurity posed by Al Shabaab and Ebola outbreaks in DRC had denied Kenya…

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…

Kericho Gold receives Sh400 million from World Bank to expand to Malawi

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the Global Agricultural Food Security Program (GAFSP) has offered Global Teas & Commodities Ltd, manufacturer of Kericho Gold and Bahari Chai a loan of ksh 400 million that will facilitate the expansion of Global Tea in Malawi. This will help to boost Macadamia and Coffee production and will be done through planting more macadamia trees, replanting existing coffee plantations and also developing a coffee out-grower program to support 3,300 smallholder farmers. “The company plans to increase packaging…

HOSPITALITY WINDFALL FROM OPEN SKY POLICY

By Hasnain Noorani Opening up Kenyan skies could be a major boost to tourism in Kenya and may offer the hospitality sector the much-needed silver lining to pull up international arrival and domestic numbers. Juicier is the projection of a 25 percent fall in cost of air fares when the Open Sky policy is fully implemented making air travel more affordable to our clientele. Driving down prices means that more people will travel and would have more options in terms of both airline and itinerary to boost their experience. It…