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New Hilton Garden Inn @ JKIA
Hilton Worldwide has announced its plans
to open a new Nairobi hotel, in March 2016.
Located just 2-kms from Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport the Hilton Garden Inn
will offer 171 guest rooms and suites. This
long overdue airport hotel will offer more
than 300 square metres of events space, a
business centre, fitness centre, an outdoor
swimming pool and its brand signature 24-
hour Pavilion Pantry restaurant. To visit
their website click HERE
Make It Kenya
The President of Kenya, HE Uhuru
Kenyatta, officially launched Make it
Kenya, a new international brand campaign
that has been introduced to promote the
scale and variety of tourist and investment
opportunities the country has to offer.
Effectively a ‘one-stop shop’ for all that
Kenya has to offer, be it tourism or
The timing of the launch of the Make It
Kenya campaign builds on the success
and positive feedback that Kenya has
experienced following President Obama’s
visit, to the Global Entrepreneurship
Summit and the recent endorsement for
Kenya by UNWTO Secretary General
Taleb Rifai who led the UNWTO conference
in Mombasa last month.
The brand launch also included the
unveiling of new digital portal that has
been specifically designed as a source
of rich sharable content, which will help
connect Kenya to the world, through
people’s computers, smart phones and
digital devices. Click HERE to visit this
The Cabinet Secretary of East African
Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mrs.
Phyllis Kandie, said: “The Make It Kenya
campaign and digital portal will allow us
to tell Kenya’s story with one voice. It is
not intended to replace our Magical Kenya
tourism campaign driven by the Kenya
Tourism Board (KTB) but rather enhance
it and make it stronger. “Our aim is to
use Make It Kenya to raise our country’s
profile to a new level by directly engaging
new audiences, allowing us to compete
globally and to a level that is reflective of
the strong and attractive brand that our
country is,” she concluded.
Muriithi Ndegwa, Managing Director of
KTB said: “Make It Kenya is a new and
fresh platform, which will support the work
that we do with Magical Kenya to promote
Kenya’s tourism opportunities to the world.
(Ed: Great idea but what about the logo?
Dull and uninspiring not like the country
which is vibrant and inspiring. Just saying.)
Airline Ticket Taxes
UFTAA the global travel agency
association has levelled serious questions
at the world’s airlines.
Why fuel surcharges and the overall tax
regime on airline tickets has not come
down in line with the ever dwindling price
They add; that during 2014 the cost of oil
went down from over US$110 per barrel
to close to US$40 today. IATA the global
airline association says that its member
airlines in 2015 will save in the region of
US$4 billion because of the drop in fuel
prices to their members.
Despite of this most airlines still charge fuel
surcharges ranging up to €450 per ticket
- this according to consumer authorities.
The fuel surcharge, with the code YQ on
your ticket, was devised to cover sudden
unexpected increases in the price of fuel.
UFTAA questions why with the dramatic
drop in oil prices, and the subsequent
saving to the airlines, why these benefits
are not passed onto the consumer.
UFTAA continues that airlines still misuse
this ticketing loophole thus manipulating
the transparency of the ticket price. How
long will this charade be tolerated by the
consumer, they added?
South African Hotel Group
expands into Kenya
The Mantis Collection – a group of
boutique hotels, game reserves, eco
lodges, ski lodges, chalets and yachts
worldwide – will develop, manage and
market a number of properties with the
Kenyan-based Monarch Group.
They include: Matura Camp - Laikipia, the
Impala Eco-lodge near Kisumu and two
houses in Watamu (Jahazi and Bahari).
Mantis will also manage a five-bedroom
villa on the Mt. Kenya Wildlife Estate at
the Ol Pejeta Conservancy which will join
the Mantis Owner’s Collection. Mantis is
also involved in the refurbishment of the
84-room Chester House Apartment Hotel
in Nairobi’s CBD.
Once work is complete, the property will
offer new conference and function rooms
and a health and wellness spa. With these
properties, Mantis aims to establish its
brand in East Africa and add value to the
South African Hotelier and Developer of
Mantis, Adrian Gardiner said: “I have had
the pleasure of visiting all the Monarch
Group properties, I can honestly say that
what we have in Kenya is truly iconic.”
Jared Kangwana, owner of the Monarch
Group, said: “I am very excited about
our new relationship with Adrian and the
Mantis Collection and look forward to their
promotion of our top-class products both
locally and internationally.”
Click HERE to visit the Mantis Collection
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