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March 25, 2016

Safari Trails Trails Newsletter By African Travel Solutions


The Voyager Beach Resort is one of a kind on the shores of the Indian Ocean, built in the style of the old forts that once guarded the sea front complete with white washed lookout turrets and cannons, fringed by a fascinating coral reef and sparkling blue waters, just waiting for you to dive in. Moored ten kilometres north of Mombasa city centre along Nyali Road in Nyali, Voyager Beach Resort’s convenient ‘berth’ gives guests easy access to a huge variety of historical, sporting and cultural attractions, including Africa’s largest crocodile farm and the world-famous Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail).

Voyager Beach Resort offers 236 spacious cabins, including:
• 44 standard garden-view cabins,
• 46 garden-view plus cabins,
• 52 superior garden-view cabins,
• 77 superior sea-view cabins,
• 9 deluxe sea-view cabins,
• 3 garden and 5 sea-view junior suites,
The Voyager’s Cabins are built with private balconies fitted with glass floor to ceiling sliding doors to give you uninterrupted views of the spread of the ocean and the tropical gardens. Depending on your taste, there is a selection of four cabin types to choose from with your comfort as the underlying principle.
All cabins are fitted with a Mini-bar, kettle for hot beverages, hair dryer, flat screen TV (except for garden view cabins), telephone, safety deposit box, mosquito nets, remote controlled air-conditioning and smart-key entrance.
Some of the resort’s USPs include:
• All inclusive board basis
• Watersports Centre with modern range of watersports
• Daily themes for different culinary and entertainment experiences
• ‘Weddings in Paradise’ packages
• Glass-bottom boat rides over magical coral reefs
• Four bars, with a Sports Bar and a 24-hour lounge bar
• 3 swimming pools, including a whirlpool
• 3 specialised restaurants
• Supervised kids’ activities with the best kids clubs in the region

Kenya will remain in the global spotlight for the second year running when world leaders converge in Nairobi for the 14th quadrennial UNCTAD conference.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), which brings together various Heads of State and Government, global corporate leaders, the academia and the civil society, takes place between July 17th and 22nd, 2016. The UNCTAD conference which takes place every four years provides a unique opportunity to deliberate the challenges of moving from decisions to actions on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Thousands of race enthusiasts graced the third edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon on 6th March in Nairobi. Participants started streaming to Nyayo Stadium at 5 AM for the start of the various races. First Lady Margaret Kenyatta opted to run the 10km race unlike the previous years where she ran the 21km race. Kenyatta was joined by Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame alongside Deputy President William Ruto and his wife Rachel. Prominent personalities who attended the event included Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, Health CS Cleopa Mailu, Central Bank of Kenya governor Patrick Njoroge, US Ambassador Robert Godec, Sports CS Hassan Wario and Athletics Kenya chairman Lt Gen (Rtd) Jack Tuwei. Funds raised go towards the Beyond Zero campaign, a project that aims to raise money to increase access to better maternal and child healthcare.

Major changes are looming in the tourism sector, as Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala looks for fresh faces to head tourism agencies under the ministry. The shake up comes after the CS replaced Muriithi Ndegwa as the Managing Director of the Kenya Tourism Board following the expiry of his term. Jacinta Nzioka Mbithi takes over the reigns at the tourism marketing body in an acting capacity as the board carries out a recruitment exercise for a substantive replacement. According to Mr. Balala, there was need to inject fresh ideas to market tourism if the country was to regain its past glory.

The world’s largest Travel Trade Show, ITB Berlin, took place from March 5th to 9th 2016.. The number of international exhibitors at this year’s ITB Berlin was higher than ever before. ITB Berlin offers visitors an overview of travel products and services from around the world. The ITB has become the one stop shop for German investors and tourists interested in meeting key players in the Kenyan tourism sector and this year was no exception, with the Kenyan delegation this year including 42 exhibitors  and county governments (Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kwale and Mombasa) led by the CS for Tourism, Najib Balala, the Kenyan Ambassador to Germany, Amb. Magutt, the Tourism Principal Secretary, Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed and the Acting Managing Director of Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), Jacinta Nzioka Mbithi.
CS Balala came bearing a bag of incentives for potential tourists and Charter flight owners among Charter Incentive Programme (CIP). CIP provides chartered flight operators from Italy and Germany a Sh 3,000 subsidy per passenger for every aircraft whose 80 per cent of the travellers terminate their journey at Malindi and Mombasa airports. Game reserves and national park fees have been revised to allow more local and foreign tourists to visit the facilities thereby creating more jobs for Kenyans who once worked at tourist lodges and camps located in various parts of the country.
Kenya was able to garner second place in the Africa category in the Best Exhibitor’s Awards.

Cruise tourism in Kenya seems to be on the recovery after another luxury cruise ship docked at the port of Mombasa last month. The noticeable improvement of security in the Indian Ocean waters has been singled out as a major encouragement for the tour operators selling cruise tourism to convince more cruise visitors to visit Kenya. Kenya received 3,196 cruise tourists in the country last year, the majority being from North America and Europe. Kenya Port Authority (KPA) has been voted for the second time in a row by the World Travel Awards (WTA) as Africa’s leading port. The Kenyan government, together with the industry players, is also working on strategic tourism marketing and demand driven tourism development programmes to maximize cruise tourism.

Soon after the attacks of 9/11, Kimeli Naiyomah, a New York student, born in Kenya, arranged for his tribe to donate cows to the survivors. The people of the Kenyan Masai tribes had not heard of this event. In fact they did not even know what a skyscraper was, yet they decided to help in this donation. Wearing their traditional red robes and jewellery, the Masai people held a ceremony where their gift was received by William Brancick, deputy head of the US embassy in Kenya. He was aware that this was was the ultimate gift since the tribe values cows more than anything else. However, the cattle were not taken to America. Instead, the cows were sold on the local market and the money received was used for buying beads. Masai women then fashioned them with commemorative messages and these were then sent to the people of New York.

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