Kenya Airways to fly to Hanoi, Vietnam from March 2015

National carrier Kenya Airways is set to commence flights to Hanoi Vietnam from March 30 2015.

Vietnam Airport. [Photo/transfersairport.info]

Vietnam Airport. [Photo/transfersairport.info]

The launch will make Kenya Airways the first airline to link Vietnam directly to Africa thus expanding its client-base. The airline will fly three times a week to Hanoi in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will provide strong connections to key markets in Africa.

According to Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze, the potential of Vietnam as a country with strong economic growth and a growing middle class is overwhelming.

“Vietnam has shown a considerable and stable economic growth over the recent years including an increase in trade with Africa. As the first airline to directly connect Vietnam to Africa, we are sure to leverage on this growth,” he said.

The new venture will also see Kenya Airways partner with Vietnam Airlines to make the network operational and successful.

Last year, the airline deployed its new fleet of six B787 Dreamliner aircraft for commercial service mostly on routes to Asia and Europe. The Dreamliner also made its first flight to London recently as the airline expects three more Dreamliners this year.


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All set for Lamu Yoga Festival 2015

The 2015 edition of Lamu Yoga Festival will be held from March 12 to 16 2015 on Lamu Island.


The event, now in its second edition is set to attract hundreds of yoga enthusiasts from across the world. The heart of the festival is based in Shela in four beautiful, cool and peaceful yoga studios.

Last year the event attracted close to 108 yoga enthusiasts from all over the world and this number is expected to rise this year.

A variety of yoga classes and meditations will be on offer throughout the four day festival for all those interested to take part in. From early birds yoga on the beach to meditation under the moon, Lamu Yoga Festival offers something for everyone.

Yoga venues include Gallery Baraka Lamu, Banana House, Fatuma’s Tower, Jannatan Hotel, Msafini Hotel, La Marelle House, Lamu Town and Shela Beach.

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Kenya Airways moves international departures to Terminal 1A at JKIA

All Kenya Airways international flights are now scheduled to depart from Terminal A, according to a statement posted on Kenya Airways website.



In the announcement, the airline announces that the new reorganisation began on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in a move aimed at transferring the remaining 20% flights to West and Central Africa that were still operating in Terminal 1C to Terminal 1A.

80% of all international flights migrated to the Terminal 1A in 2014 with just a few remaining in Terminal 1C.

The new terminal 1A at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was finished last year and is exclusively used by Kenya Airways and its partner airlines.

Flights that have been moved to Terminal 1A are flights departing to Douala, Yaoundé, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Ndola, Brazzaville, Cotonou, Accra, Abidjan, Bamako, Abuja, Lagos and Dakar. Domestic flights remain in Terminal 1D.


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Qatar Airways to boost operations in South Africa

Qatar Airways has announced plans to increase its weekly flights to Johannesburg, South Africa as well as launch new flights to Durban.

According to the airline, there will be four new weekly flights to Durban from Johannesburg starting December 17th 2015 bringing the total number of flights to Johannesburg to double-daily service up from the previous 10 weekly flights.



The airline is also set to operate daily flights to Cape Town and from October 1st 2015 signifying an increase up from five flights a week. All the three routes will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Durban will be Qatar’s third route to South Africa following the launch of flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town in January 2005.

Durban stands as the largest city in South Africa and second most important manufacturing hub in the county after Johannesburg with the presence of a number of multi-national companies.

According to Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker, the airline strives to provide passengers with the best service levels on the ground and on board its modern fleet as well as provide passengers with a strong global network business and leisure destinations.

The airline currently operates in several African countries including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Eritrea, and Djibouti.


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Kenya to earn Ksh8 billion from conference tourism

Kenya expects to earn about 8 billion from conference tourism this year, according to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie.



In 2015, Kenya is scheduled to host three international conferences set to attract more than 21,000 local and international delegates including the Skal World Congress for the International Association of Travel and Travel and Tourism Professionals, World Conference on Public Relations Forum and the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference to be held in October, November and December 2015 respectively.

“Each global conference to be held this year is expected to attract more than 7,000 local and international delegates among other related business. The economy is expected to earn approximately Sh2.6 billion as each delegate is likely to spend at least Sh374,000,” she said.

In efforts to boost conference tourism, Kenya plans to build Africa’s largest convention centre at Bomas of Kenya to the tune of Ksh50 billion. This is in addition to county governments working with the private sector to set up conventional centres in different parts of Kenya. Currently, the county only has one conference centre, Kenyatta International Conference Centres (KICC).

KICC Managing Director Fred Simiyu said plans are underway to enhance capacity for county governments to host Meetings, Incentives  Travel Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE).


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7 worst things to say to a flight attendant

It is strenuous enough being a flight attendant. The late nights, early mornings, long working hours and all make being a flight attendant more of a calling than a job. The worst part of this is those passengers whose questions, comments or actions just spoil the day.

Below are some of the worst things passengers say to flight attendants, according to Sydney Pearl, an active flight attendant and author.


You look sleepy



The long days and nights that flight attendants have to go through gives them the right to look however they look. It’s offensive to tell them that they look sleepy especially since you probably wouldn’t last a week as a flight attendant.


It’s my birthday, I want a free drink



Flight attendants are not Santa dishing out goodies for Christmas. They have a job to do – a real job – better than caring whose birthday it is and who deserves a free drink. Telling them it’s your birthday and you want a free drink just irritates them.


You made us late!



Flight attendants do not have the power to delay the flight and mess up your plans. They are therefore not responsible for delayed flights.


I have diarrhoea!



Unless it’s a life or death situations this is a little too much information, don’t you think?


I hate to bother you…



Technically, almost half of the time we are on board a flight there is something we are asking of or from the flight attendants. Saying you hate to bother them is not necessary when you have a request.


Can I call you (while wearing a wedding ring?)



Flight attendants are usually annoyed by men who make advances when it is evident they are married. So if you want to play the game, even if as a substitute, play it smart and be respectful.


Can I meet you for a nightcap?

Flight attendants may be the best company during your flight. Usually though they would prefer the little chit-chat you’ve had and free drinks you got out of the “little friendship” stay in the air and not land with the plane. Unless you are looking for a rude goodbye!




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Cape Town, South Africa - The Mother City

Top 10 places you must visit in 2015

We’re in the second month of 2015 and travel plans for the year are already in top gear. As you try to live by your 2015 travel resolutions, SleepOut.com wishes to suggest different destinations in the world that would pass for an ideal holiday destination this year.


Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou is the capital and largest city of Guangdong province in South China. The city is located on Pearl River and has a population of 8.5 million people according to UN data released in 2000



Milford, New Zealand

Milford is New Zealand’s largest city, located on Auckland’s North Shore on the northern side of Lake Pupuke. The city is famous for Milford track, which stands as the country’s most popular hiking trail. It also has suspension bridges and 53 kilometres of lakes.




Cuba is an island country located in the Caribbean and comprises of several archipelagos. While here, you can go hiking at Pico Turquino, visit Museo Histo̕rico Municipal or see animals at the Zoolo̕gico de Piedras



Houston, USA

Houston is the most popular city in Texas and fourth most populous city in the United States. The city has exciting events and nightlife, attractions and museums and a host of accommodations where you can stay



Cape Town, South Africa

New York Times described Cape Town, fondly referred to as the Mother City, as a place to meditate on freedom and the creative life that came after following the inspiring imprisonment of former president Nelson Mandela on Robben Island for more than two decades.

While here you can visit Table Mountains, the Robben Island or enjoy the picturesque view of the Victoria & Alfred waterfront

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Helsinki, Finland

Little known Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. Helsinki is a sea-town par excellence with a beautiful water views and picturesque geography.



Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The city has a population of 1.339 million people according to UNdata release in 2010.

While here you can visit the Belgrade Fortress, Church of Saint Sava, and Great War Island among other attraction sites.



Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is known for its world class conferencing facilities including Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) and several world-renowned hotels.


The city also hosts several multi-national companies and organisations including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) headquarters and the main coordinating and headquarters for the UN in Africa and the Middles East, the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON). Click here to see 50 things to do in Nairobi.


Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas with a population of 248,948 people signifying 70 [per cent of the entire population. While here you can visit the Paradise Island, Fort Charlotte and the Pirates of Nassau Museum among other tourist attractions.



Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali is the capital of Rwanda and is home to over a million Kigalians. Over the past few years the city is growing to become a modern cosmopolitan hub complete with fine french cuisine, slick highways, hip cultural events and decent nightlife. While some may still see Kigali as a pretty sleepy capital city, there’s really no shortage of things to do.



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Tour of Etihad Airways’ Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s state-of-the-art Terminal 3 is Etihad Airways’ dedicated flight terminal. The terminal has been well designed to provide a swift, seamless and enjoyable departure and arrival process for guests travelling across Etihad’s flight zones, including the convenient new self check-in kiosks.

That is not all; the terminal has been equipped with world-class facilities to begin or end your trip in style, and with class.


Diamond First and Pearl Business Check-In


Upon arrival at the airport, Diamond First and Pearl Business guests are greeted by concierge staff and escorted into a purpose-built check-in area. The lobby resembles five star hotel lobbies allowing guests to relax in comfortable surroundings while paperwork is being handled.


Six Senses Spa

A series of complimentary treatments are available at the terminal, both for Diamond and Pearl Business guests. The spa area is dedicated to ambient relaxation enabling guests to enjoy a series of express treatments.



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Terminal 3 has additional lounge facilities other than the Diamond First and Pearl Business Check-In lounges. The lounge here allows guests to chill in the comfy area and enjoy the exclusivity of the place. While here guests can enjoy a la carte dining, visit the champagne bar, or chill at the cigar lounge.


Kids’ area


Both Terminal 1 and 3 have a special well-decorated area for young guests though it is the one at Terminal 3 that can easily capture your attention. The kids section is stocked with books, toys, games, and a wide screen TV to allow children to watch the latest in family movie entertainment.


Coral economy check-in

Etihad’s dedicated Coral Economy check-in desk offers a personalised experience for every guest. Many new facilities have been added including an all-new duty free shopping area in order to make the process of getting your flight as smooth as possible.



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South Africa President Zuma commits to reform visa regulations

South Africa President Jacob Zuma has committed to reforming visa regulations to strike a balance between national security and growth in tourism.

In his State of the Nation address this week, Zuma said he will prioritise the review of visa regulations to promote tourism in the South African country which has long been known for its varied attraction sites.



Zuma’s move has been praised by World Travel & Travel Council (WTTC) which has offered its support to the president as he seeks to maximise the industry’s potential for economic growth and social advancement. Forecast from the council  show that tourism in South Africa is due to add almost 350,000 jobs in the next ten years.

The move follows changes implemented last year which were having a detrimental impact on the country’s tourism industry.

“Growth doesn’t happen by itself and South Africa has done so much right in recognising our industry role in providing the environment for social and economic advancement. President Zuma’s swift commitment to review recent changes to visa regulations is an example of how the country acts decisively to maximise the economic and social potential of our industry,” said WTTC President David Scowsill.

Scowsill said South Africa has had a near unrivalled commitment to the development of its tourism industry adding that growth doesn’t happen by itself but by recognising tourism’s role in providing the environment for social and economic advancement.

“President Zuma’s swift commitment to review recent changes to visa regulations is yet another example of how the country acts decisively to maximise the economic and social potential of out industry. This seems a long way of but it is vital that government and the private sector act now to ensure that the policies are in place to create proactive and careful talent management in our industry,” he said.

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Special Valentine’s Offers at Sarova Hotels

Sarova Hotels has unveiled a string of special offers that are aimed at making sure you enjoy an uninterrupted and memorable Valentine’s weekend.


Sarova Panafric

Sarova Panafric has unveiled a string of offers to make your valentines a special one. Sarova Mystique Valentines dinner allows you to experience love as you share a meal at Ksh10,000 per couple.

Sarova Panafric

Sarova Panafric

Mystique Valentines Package will allow guests to stay the night after their meal, all wrapped in one package of dinner, bed and breakfast at Ksh22,000 while the Mystique Valentines Weekend will allow you to stay at the hotel from Friday through to Saturday at Ksh22,000 on bed and breakfast for two nights.


 Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa

Escape to Romance at Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa and enjoy special discounts. Book a Palm Room at Ksh8,995 per person sharing per night and Seafront room at Ksh9,750 per person per night sharing.

Sarova Whitesands

Sarova Whitesands

The offer includes return airport transfers in Mombasa, accommodation in new refurbished rooms on half board basis, cookies and chocolate in the room on arrival, dinner under the stars and red rose for the lady, bottle of chilled wine in the room, complimentary Wi-Fi, single room at 75% of the applicable double rate.

The offer is applicable on a minimum 2 night stay and is valid for stays between 13th and 16th February 2015 with check out set for February 17th.


 Sarova Shaba

Share the beauty of love this Valentine’s at Sarova Shaba in a Valentine Getaway special offer that will see guest pay Ksh10,000 for single room on full board and Ksh13,999 for double room on full board basis.

Sarova Shaba

Sarova Shaba

The offer, which is valid from 13th to 15th February 2015, includes special turn-down amenity, Valentine’s Boma dinner with bubbly welcome drink, 10% off Tulia treatment and opportunity to earn Sarova Zawadi Loyalty points. Children below 3 years sharing with an adult will stay for free.

Rates apply to standard room and are only applicable to residents of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Dress code is Funky.


Sarova Salt Lick and Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge

Sarova Taita Hills

Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge

Celebrate Valentines with your loved one at Sarova Salt Lick at discounted rates. The special package will see guest book their accommodation for Ksh13,000 per night on full board at Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge and Ksh12,000 per night on full board on Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge.

The package includes accommodation for a couple, special turn-down amenity, romantic dinner under star-like skies of Tsavo on Valentine’s day, Late check-out, single room at 75% of the applicable double room rate, 10% off Tulia Spa treatment. The offer is valid from 13th to 16th February 2015.


 Sarova Stanley

Sarova Stanley is celebrating 28 days of love with special discount. The offer will ensure barbeque Dinner timed for February 13th for Ksh3,000 per person at Pool Deck Restaurant and a Valentine Dinner at Thorn Tree Restaurant for Ksh3,500 scheduled for February 14th 2015. Dinner will be served with a glass of wine.

The offer will also include soul, body & mind treatment slated for 1st to 28th February 2015 for Ksh6,000 per couple to be held at Health Club.

Sarova Stanley

Sarova Stanley

Discount on accommodation, valid from 1st February to 28th will see guests pay Ksh9,999 bed and breakfast for single deluxe, Ksh12,999 bed and breakfast for double deluxe and Ksh19,999 for half board valid between 13th and 14th February 2015.

There is also a single and double deluxe offer valid from February 1st to 31st December 2015 (Friday and Saturdays only). In this offer, guests will be allowed to check in at midnight and check out at midday and will pay Ksh10,000 for bed only.


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