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…

Increased investment in security, soaring Kenya’s tourism

Kenya’s tourism industry is increasingly driving exports and providing foreign exchange, earning the country tourism expenditures of about 1.2 billion US Dollars in 2017. This represented a 20% increase from approximately 989 million US Dollars in 2016, according to a hospitality report by Jumia Travel. This improving sector performance is being facilitated by various factors, among them a steady macroeconomic environment, improved budgetary allocations by the government, increased air connectivity within Africa, infrastructural developments like The Standard Gauge Railway, and enhanced security in the country. This article focuses on the…

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 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…