Kenya Tourism Board partners with Dubai to market destinations

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has held discussions with the Dubai Cooperation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing at their offices in Dubai.

The meeting was a debut session that involved information sharing and establishing possible areas of collaboration aimed at increasing traffic from Dubai to Kenya and vice versa.

KTB was represented by Acting Marketing Manager in charge of the Rest of Africa, Fatma Bashir and the PR and Corporate Communications Manager Wausi Walya.

Bashir confirmed the number of visitors from UAE has been on the increase.

“We have seen tremendous growth in the past couple of the years and we are and we are keen to do more to continue growing the numbers,” said Bashir.

Kenya received about 35,000 visitors from the UAE between January and August 2015 compared to 18,500 visitors the same period last year.

Some of the factors that favor the destination are the flight connectivity and the presence of a large expatriate community in Dubai that wants to experience the rich tourism product in Kenya.

In addition, KTBs presence in the market that allows continuous interaction with stakeholders and the recent launch of the ‘Choose Kenya’ campaign in the UAE among other strategies has contributed to this rise in numbers.

The Regional Director for Africa, Stella Obinwa who represented the Department of Tourism and Commerce, Dubai, said the session was a welcome move in establishing possible areas of collaboration.

She confirmed that Dubai as a tourism destination was keen on growing its numbers from Africa and that indeed reaching out to other tourism marketing agencies was an option they are considering.

“We are keen on the possible participation at this year’s Magical Kenya Travel EXPO as a debut engagement that serves as an entry point of our discussions,” said Obinwa in response to the invitation extended to the Dubai to grace the EXPO.

“Dubai is deliberately focusing on Africa and we are keen to collaborate with willing partners.”

She reiterated how the partnership between tourism boards and national carriers was key in growing visitor numbers.

The meeting was held at the end of a 10 day long training session that KTB conducted in partnership with Kenya Airways and Wakanow.

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Fairmont Hotel & Resort to set up major project in Abuja, Nigeria

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is developing a luxurious 270-room luxury hotel in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

The hotel which will be known as Fairmont Abuja, has been strategically positioned in the heart of the central business district to ensure close proximity to various essential facilities including the International Conference Centre set to be opened in 2018.

It also stands only 30km from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and a few metres from the Presidential complex, National Assembly and the Supreme Court.

Abuja is also known to house divisions of the United Nations, World Bank and major international embassies and consulates, providing a rich market for the new hotel.

According to Jennifer Fox, the President of FRHI International and Fairmont band, the plan will fulfil a growing demand for accommodation in the Nigerian capital and host guests closer to essential institutions.

“As Africa’s largest economy and biggest oil producer, Nigeria is experiencing steady economic growth that has made it an ideal destination for most visitors both on business and leisure,” said Fox.

The hotel will feature 270 guest rooms and suites and approximately 50 branded residences with 2,400 square metres space for meeting and events including state of the art ballroom ideal for regional and international events.

Fairmont Abuja will also offer 850 square metres space for spa and fitness facilities complete with tennis courts, a gymnasium and outdoor swimming pools. The facilities will also be available for local residents though through membership programme.

Fairmont already boosts a number of high-end hotels in Kenya including Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Fairmont The Norfolk in Nairobi and Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. The new addition in Abuja will prove vital in its expansion programme in Africa.

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Kenya joins United Nations World Tourism Organization Executive Council

Kenya has been elected to the highest decision-making body of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council in an announcement made at the 21st UNWTO General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia

Kenya’s appointment acts as an endorsement of the country’s tourism industry that is on the path to recovery following several travel advisories by some western states over security concerns.

The appointment places Kenya at a crucial platform where it will be part of a mechanism responsible for making decisions on matters touching on global tourism and programmes.

UNWTO Executive Council is responsible for bringing together 154 member countries into a single global tourism organization and set the agenda for global tourism.

The appointment comes just a month after Kenya hosted the East African Tourism Development Forum held in Mombasa. The event was attended by among others the UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai.

In efforts to boost tourism in the East African region, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have introduced a single tourist visa that allows multiple entry to the three countries. The visa is acquired at $100.

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The Organ Pipes of Madagascar

Quietly situated in the 20-island Nosy Mitsio archipelago, 70 kilometres off Madagascar’s northern coast, Organ Pipes stands as one of the most natural wonders.


The Organ Pipes were formed 125 million years ago following a volcanic eruption that resulted in rapid lava sedimentation causing Madagascar to segregate from mainland Africa.

The site is occupied by tubular basalt volcanic sediments projecting 20 metres into the sky, forming a resemblance of Northern Ireland’s campus Giant’s Causeway.

Photo/ Anisha Shah]

Photo/ Anisha Shah]

While the Irish World Heritage site attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, Organ Pipes attracts just hundreds of visitors making it ideal for people who do not like large crowds.

Most travellers arrive on at the Organ Pipes after a day trip from the mainland with the intention of exploring the hundreds of burnt copper columns.

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During your visit here, you can search for the Sh40 million year old fossils of fish species which have been unearthed by the erosion of the pipes over time.

You can also plunge into the lapping cerulean sea and swim with green turtles and bottle-nosed dolphins as you marvel at the beauty that lies underwater.

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[Photo/ Anisha Shah]


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Enjoy the Love at The Fort, Shela Village

Nestled along the sand dunes of Shela Beach, The Fort has been hailed as a monument to Omani architectural ingenuity.

The house, built in 2001, is considered a landmark by the natives residing on Lamu Island and it not only stands as an ideal destination for private and secluded accommodation but also a tourist attraction site.

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The Fort is strategically positioned to overlook the Indian Ocean and offer a picturesque view of the surrounding. It has 6 bedroom suites that can accommodate up to 12 people though one can book an entire 9 bedroom house that can accommodate up to 22 people.

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In total, there are 9 principle en suite bedrooms, out of which seven overlook the courtyard and two the dunes. Arrangements can be made for groups of up to 24 guests.

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The environment within which The Fort is set is one to marvel at, within natural dunes and clear view of the ocean and a walking distance to Shela village.

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The Fort was the dream of the late Dr. Antonio Ferro, an Italian aristocrat. Originally built to welcome friends and family, Gabriella Ferro has kept his dream alive and now welcomes guests to her unique home.

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Their love story began in 2002 when Gabriella was visiting on holiday while Antonio, after having spent decades all over the African Continent, had eventually settled on Lamu Island.

After moving to Lamu, Gabriella and Antonio’s love story and their dream to live in The Fort together continued.

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Your host Gabriella speaks English, German, Greek, as well as Italian and is available to ensure your needs are met, throughout your stay.


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How Kenyans are embracing #SamsungColoursOfKE campaign

Barely a week after its launch in Nairobi, Samsung’s Colours of Kenya campaign is fast gaining popularity with Kenyans taking to social media to share their photo experiences.


Using the hashtag #SamsungColoursOfKE, Kenyans are sharing different photos on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and other social media platforms to tell their everyday stories.

Read More: What is #SamsungColoursOfKE campaign?

The campaign encourages Kenyans to share their everyday experiences in photos on their social media profiles using the hashtag #SamsungColoursOfKE.

Top ten photographers in the competition stand a chance to have their photos displayed on Samsung SUHD TV sets across Samsung retail stores in Kenya. The overall winner will carry home a Samsung SUHD TV.

See below some of the photos shared so far;













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What Samsung’s Colours of Kenya campaign is all about

Giant electronics company Samsung has launched a campaign in Kenya dubbed Colours of Kenya, through an InstaMeet held at the Presbyterian Foundation Centre in Nairobi.


The event brought together photography enthusiasts from all over the country and beyond to celebrate one of the world’s most coloured events.



What is it about?

The backline of the campaign is to initiate a concept of digital gallery in Kenya with participants encouraged to take photos and post them on social media with the hashtag #SamsungColoursOfKE telling their everyday life experience.


The event is a replica of the Holi Festival of Colour, an annual Hindu festival adopted across the world by non-Muslims, where people splash coloured power at each other.



Winner takes it all

Top ten photographers in the competition stand a chance to have their photos displayed on Samsung SUHD TV sets across Samsung retail stores in Kenya. The overall winner will carry home a Samsung SUHD TV.


InstaMeet is fast gaining popularity world-over as the snap event that brings together Instagram account holders in a fun and chilled environment where they can share photography advice and create content together for posting on their personal Instagram feeds.


The concept has been largely embraced in the corporate world with companies using it to connect with their audience through pictures.



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South African hotel to set camps in East Africa

International interest in the East African hospitality industry is thrilling with world’s renowned brands rushing to set base in the region.

Travellers, both for business and leisure, have made East Africa a place of interest and what better way for African and world hotel brands to harvest into this robust market than set up franchises in the region to meet the burgeoning demand for accommodation.

Months after dusitD2 announced plans to open a hotel in Nairobi, Mantis has partnered with the Kenyan based Monarch Group to develop, manage and meet a number of their unique properties in a bid to stamp foot in East Africa.


dusitD2 is set to open a hotel in Nairobi

South African hotelier and developer of Mantis, Adrian Gardiner has said that his interest in conservation and ecotourism and his passion for tourism firmly set on the African continent, forms part of his interest in East Africa.

The announcement also comes, barely a year after another internationally-recognised brand, Wyndham announced that it will open a resort in Amboseli National Park.


Wyndham is also set to open a hotel in Nairobi

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Forodhani House lines up special offer ahead of New Year

How amazing is it to be able to stay at a palacio home at a discounted rate? Awesomely amazing!

Forodhani House has launched a discounted offer for its guest to encouragement both local and international tourists to book at the hotel this autumn.


A stay at the hotel between September 15 and December 15 will cost you only Ksh40,000 a night for the whole house which can sleep up to 13 guests, down from its usual rate of Ksh53,232 subject to availability.

For 2016 bookings made before December 31st 2015, the hotel will offer a 10 per cent discount plus free activity of your choice including a day dhow trip, watersports fun and lessons, massages at home, Swahili dinner, Lamu Old Town guided tour, Tube or donkey ride for kids and adults.

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Forodhani House is a beautiful beachfront house, neatly seated on 12km white pristine beach in Shela, Lamu Island. The house has a pool, terraces, outdoor lounging and dining areas with a stunning 270 degrees sea views.

The house has 5 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and can sleep between 10 to 12 guests

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President Kenyatta launches new campaign for brand Kenya

Kenya is a hospitable nation with diverse cultures working in unity for the benefit of its people, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.


He said unlike other countries, Kenya was not build on gold and diamond but on the welcoming character of its people.

“I, therefore, take this opportunity to welcome you to Kenya, a land of many wonders,” President Kenyatta told prospective tourists.

The President spoke in Milan, Italy, when he officially launched Kenya’s new brand campaign. The campaign, dubbed “Make it Kenya”, was developed by the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism to promote and enhance Kenya’s position as a global leader in investment, commerce and tourism.

“Our athletes have just come top at the World Championships.  We are an exemplary democracy.  Our people are renowned for their diligence, and their entrepreneurial energy.  We are a hub for the region,” President Kenyatta said.


In addition to the new brand identity, President Kenyatta also launching a new digital portal, with supporting social media platforms, which have been designed to link Kenya with audiences all over the world through computers, smart phones and other digital devices.

He said the objective of the new campaign is to market Kenya by having all the information about the country’s various tourist destinations, investment opportunities and culture readily available.

“I hope that with this portal, even individual travellers will be able to share the experiences of their visits to Kenya,” the Head of State said.

The campaign logo was designed such that it represents Kenya’s cultural heritage including the vibrant colours of the nation’s flag among other Kenyan features.

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