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By way of explanation for the temporary
disappearance of Travel News, let me
first of all apologise to all our readers. We
missed you and I hope you all missed us.
The plan as you might remember was
to publish the April 2015 edition a week
late on 7th April. I was away in Australia
promoting the 2015 Skal World congress
in Mombasa in October, and as this
is essentially a one-man-band driven
publication, I thought I had my bases
Quite obviously not so. The dreaded man-
flu was contracted pretty early on in my trip
downunder - and nothing I did could shake
it. I soldiered on, not taking a sickie as I
had work to do. Some bright spark said
I must have Ross River Fever, on asking
what that was, he said you've got flu for life
mate. At the time, I didn't see the humour.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to
Broome in northwestern Oz. We think
we have the best beaches in the world,
perhaps we should think again. An image
is worth a thousand words they say. Check
the image below - mouth-watering, and
the beers always bitterly cold!
Now to my travels.
The new fangled security system just
introduced on entering Jomo Kenyatta
Airport from the highway is certainly state-
of-the-art. Cars, you, evidently everything
is screened - however the boys in blue
have taken to ordering you out of your car
to frisk you BEFORE you enter the all bells
and whistles security cordon. Daft - in a
Travel was in the right part of the aircraft
courtesy of Qatar Airways, and highly
Broome WA has
5-metre tides, no reef
and you can drive on
it. Magic, add it to your
bucket list. A 3-hour
flight from Perth.
As were the flight transfers at Doha's
brand new Hamad International Airport.
This is the future...
I visited Melbourne, Sydney, Coledale,
Perth and the aforementioned Broome -
marketing said Skal World Congress. We
had over 100 keen Australians coming,
then the travel advisories changed on 27th
March followed shortly thereafter with the
Actually, the whole Skal Congress is now
in danger of being sent elsewhere, as I
write this the 500 or so Skal Clubs around
the world are voting whether to come here
My pitch, and I think I say this elsewhere,
is that terrorism is not a Kenyan issue
but a global issue. That we in the travel
and tourism industry must transcend the
fear of travel - in that if we don't travel our
clients might look at us and say 'If they
don't travel, what sort of message is that?'
I'm mesmerised by the fortunes or lack
thereof of our national airline The Pride of
Africa - Kenya Airways.
In the 1980s Ethiopian Airlines ruled the
very profitable intra Africa travel market,
everything was routed through a rather
dilapidated Bole Airport in Addis Ababa.
Along came the recently privatsed Kenya
Airways with an slightly less dilapidated
airport our beloved JKIA and took the fight
Nairobi always has and always will be the
natural hub for air travel in East and Central
Africa, and so it proved. Kenya Airways
reached new heights both for destinations
served in Africa and more happily for
profits earned from these endeavours.
Ethiopian fought back, introducing a new
airport and more overseas flights to a host
of European, Far East & US destinations.
Offering more choice to everywhere than
They have recently introduced flights to
Dublin and Los Angeles.
Kenya Airways saw no overseas
adventures other than the tried and tested
routes to the Far East and Europe. Albeit
only to London, Paris and Amsterdam in
the latter case. Hanoi was added recently,
I'm not sure what that is all about.
Where did the imagination go? How were
they going to fill all those new aircraft
The proof of the pudding if you will is
there for all to see. Retiring not so old
aircraft that other airlines fully employ, and
selling almost brand-new 77-300's. Talk of
redundancies, selling of land based assets
etc. They appear to be in a terrible mess.
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