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TWO MORE RHINOS DEAD IN POACHING INCIDENT ON OL PEJETA
(Posted 23rd July 2014)
The award winning Ol Pejeta Conservancy has a few days ago lost two rhinos, one 8 year old female Eastern Black named Malkia and her recently born calf which was yet to be named.
The female was attacked and shot by poachers who got away before the mobile patrols could reach the site of the gunshots while the calf ran off and was shortly afterwards killed by a pride of lions. While the conservancy in the message sent out by the CEO Richard Vigne merely lamented the incident and decried the increase in poaching in Kenya, have conservationists reacted swiftly and once again blamed the Kenyan government for their prohibition order against the conservancy to use a drone, which was purchased and had initial approvals for use, aimed to strengthen aerial surveillance and to help identify intruders.
‘This government is so full of s***’ started one regular source the conversation before continuing ‘They prohibit the use of such unmanned little flying devices on the pretext of security and yet, they themselves cannot assure security. Just look at the ongoing problems in Lamu and Tana River counties and even other parts of the country. They have lost direction completely. It is time they allow conservancies like Ol Pejeta but also others which were so keen to use the same technology to boost their security arrangements and not obstruct them. It is a devastating blow to conservation to lose a female and her one month old calf in one incident of poaching andit shows that unless one uses all the technology available in this day and age we are failing our duty to protect Kenya’s wildlife. I blame not the conservancy but the misguided individuals in our government’. Others voiced similar sentiments, some with reference to the drone prohibition order and others simply by pointing out that the kingpins of poaching are allowed to continue their bloody handiwork with reference to the police’s failure to arrest the big man behind the find of blood ivory last month in Mombasa, where only some footsoldiers were arrested while those pulling the strings behind the scenes are left untouched.
It is these paradoxes the conservation fraternity in Kenya has to fight against, not just against poaching per se but also the government apparatus which often appears either complicit or complacent when such crimes are reported.
Ol Pejeta is home to some 130 Eastern Black, Southern White and Northern White rhinos, the largest number of Eastern Black rhinos on a private conservancy, and has established itself as a destination in its own right on the Laikipia plains with all the big five ‘in attendance’ on the 90.000+ acres estate.
The full statement received from Ol Pejeta is shown below and deep regrets expressed to Richard and his team of dedicated rangers and staff, many personally known to this correspondent from past visits. For more information about the conservancy click on www.olpejetaconservancy.org
KENYA AIRWAYS OPERATES FIRST EVER COMMERCIAL FLIGHT OUT OF TERMINAL 1A
(Posted 23rd July 2014)
Yesterday morning saw the first ever commercial flight processed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s brand new Terminal 1A and it was national airline Kenya Airways which was given the honour to be the first, The Pride of Africa matched with what surely is the pride of Kenya’s aviation sector.
The morning flight KQ 762 to Johannesburg was checked in from the new terminal and passengers were able to experience the new glass, steel and marble building from the inside, and the first, after the ‘trial passengers’ to enjoy the vast spaces which will mark the end of the overcrowding at the present international concourse. The new terminal has a single point security check, also a marked improvement over the multiple checks in the old facility and notably offers passengers flying First and Business Class a dedicated access point into the terminal and of course with a number of dedicated check in terminals. Kenya Airways offers a state of the art lounge for their premium passengers and, when fully operational, will economy class passengers also be able to enjoy much improved boarding gate spaces, duty free shopping and a range of restaurants where to pass the time until the flight is called.
The passengers boarded their Boeing B787 Dreamliner ‘The Great Rift Valley’ through an air bridge connecting terminal and plane, making the start of the journey much more enjoyable than being bussed to an aircraft parking position on a distant apron and being exposed to rain and shine.
KQ will operate up to four flights from the new terminal until all potential bottlenecks have been identified and ironed out before sometime in August full operations will commence and Kenya Airways’ partner airlines and other carriers progressively move to the new Terminal 1A, making way for the start of refurbishing the former Units 1 and 2, now named Terminal 1B and Terminal 1C.
Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across Eastern Africa.
The latest news from Ecotourism Kenya It is all about the Eco Warrior Awards and so much more
Do you apply ecotourism principles in your tourism business operations? If the answer is yes, Ecotourism Kenya welcomes your nominations for the 2014 Eco-Warriors Awards in one of the 15 categories. Nominations will be drawn from eligible individuals, tourism hospitality and operations providers. Deadline for submission is 29th August 2014 after which short listing will be done to select the top 3 per category. Past Eco-warriors Award Winners will be expected to demonstrate achievements that have taken place since the last award. The winners will be announced in a colorful Gala Dinner on 9th October 2014 in Nairobi during the Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) that will be hosted by KTB. The Eco Warrior Gala Dinner is part of the itinerary for the 200 International Travel Trade ‘hosted buyers’ who will be attending the exhibition. The MKTE to be held at KICC is commencing on 8th and ending on 10th October 2014. We therefore present this as your chance to get recognized for your efforts, innovations and exceptional achievements in promoting responsible tourism and tourism sustainability in Kenya.
Besides rubbing shoulders with international travel and tourism operators from Kenyan key source markets, you will also have an opportunity of walking away with holiday prizes through the now famous ‘Ecotourism Kenya Gala Dinner Holiday Galore’. Past participants have walked away with premium prizes such as Return flights and 2 Nights full board accommodation for 2 at one of the Kenyan prime eco-camps and lodges. Ecotourism Kenya members are therefore invited to offer complimentary vouchers for raffle during the Gala Dinner.
If you would like further details, drop us an email on pr or call us on 0726 366080.
We look forward to your continued support and partnership towards making the 2014 Eco-Warriors Awards successful.
Chief Executive Officer
EK AT A GLANCE
Eco-Warriors Awards 2014!
Theme: Responsible Tourism is #WhyILoveKenya
Dates: 9th October 2014
The Eco-Warrior award categories include:
Conservancy of the Year 2014:
a. Private conservancy (for privately owned conservancies)
b. Community conservancy (community-owned nature conservancies)
Ecotourism Enterprise of the Year 2014: This category has 5 awards as follows:
ii. Tented Camp
c. Tour Operator
Eco-Rated Facility of the Year 2014
Ecotourism Partnership of the Year 2014:
Ecotourism Guide of the Year 2014
Ecotourism Journalist of the Year 2014
Ecotourism Student Innovation Award 2014
Ecotourism Training Program of the Year 2014
Ecotourism Student Host Organization of the Year 2014
Kindly note that the submission of nominations is ongoing. For more details drop us an email on pr or call us on 0726 366080.
Deadline: 29th August 2014.
Membership Orientation Seminar & Gold Eco-rated Facilities Awarding
Ecotourism Kenya has organized a membership orientation seminar to induct new members to the organization on Wednesday, 23rd July, 2:00pm- 4pm at the EK Board Room in Upper Hill. The main objective of this seminar isto improve membership and member services, networks and general profile of EK within the industry, travelers, policy makers, general public and like-minded organizations. Members will be taken through our programs and activity schedules for them to plan on taking part whenever possible.
The program will also include a certificate presentation to our latest facilities to be awarded Gold Eco-rating certification. This is the highest level of certification awarded to a facility that has achieved superior and replicable levels of excellence in responsible resource use, environmental conservation and socio-economic investment.
Eco-Talk: ‘How to promote your ecotourism enterprise through Social Media’
EK would like to thank all who attended the Ecotourism Talk themed ‘How to promote your ecotourism enterprise through Social Media’ on 26th June 2014 at the EK Offices. The Guest Speaker was Mr. Muriuki Murithi, Asst. Product Manager at the Kenya Tourism Board. Muriuki provided a better understanding on the important role that social media marketing and viral marketing play in developing an overall low cost promotional strategy for tourism businesses. He also talked about the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) launch of the on-line media campaign on tourism recovery #WhyILoveKenya which is part of a strategy to reassure tourists of Kenya’s safety. Participants were drawn from EK membership and stakeholders from the industry.
Look out for our next Ecotourism Talk on our subsequent communication and the presentation which will be available on our website.
EK participated in the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers 12th Annual Symposium on 26th- 28th June 2014 at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort and Spa. The hospitality industry stakeholders gathered to assess the achievements, challenges and share ideas on the way forward in regards to the Tourism Recovery program. Speaking during the symposium, hoteliers said that it is time the government gave the industry the seriousness it deserves as it serves as the key pillar of the economy and stressed on funds to be channeled to Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) to roll out its marketing and reassurance campaigns for the recovery initiative.
TRA Stakeholder’s Sensitization Forum
The Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) a state corporation created under the Tourism act. No. 28 of 2011 whose objective and purpose is to regulate the tourism sector, held a countrywide stakeholders sensitization forum on 26th June 2014 at the Utalii Hotel, Nairobi. The objective of the meeting was to communicate its mandate, functions and operations to the tourism stakeholders. Ecotourism Kenya was among the industry players invited to give input on what key areas and issues they would like to see the authority address as the authority embarks on putting together its five year strategic plan. Read more….
Strathmore’s 10th Graduation:
Ecotourism Kenya attended Strathmore 10th Graduation ceremony that took place on 27th June 2014. This year, the graduation list had a total of 898 students; 750- diploma and undergraduates, 146 -post graduate and 2 doctoral candidates. Speaking on behalf of the Council, the Chairperson of the University council, Mrs. Bernadette Musundi commended the university for the milestones it has achieved in the last academic year, among them, forging strong linkages with the industry to ensure that Strathmore’s courses remain relevant in the market, as well as collaborations with key industry players such as Safaricom, I & M Bank, CFC Stanbic Bank, EABL, as well as professional associations ACCA & ICEAW. She also noted with satisfaction the academic partnerships forged with global universities to ensure benchmarking at a global level with Curtin University, Australia, St. Gallen University, Switzerland among other existing partnerships. In the aspect of research, she commended the University’s research centres that are now attracting research grants, while also acknowledging the efforts to close the gender gap noting that 48% of the graduates in this year’s list were women.
Call to Advertise on EK Naturals Magazine.
If you have missed the chance to advertise in the past, you now have the opportunity to book your advertising for the next issue of Naturals Magazine which will be distributed during the Eco-warriors Awards 2014 on 9th October 2014 to the Kenyan and International travel trade.
Please check out the rates below:
To place an advert, send your artwork in full color on a CD saved as Tiff, EPS or JPEG with a minimum resolution of 300dpi and accompanied by an actual size color proof in order to meet color quality standards. If your artwork is not supplied with the color proof, EK will not be held responsible for color variation of any kind.
Please send us your comments, suggestions and contributions concerning ecotourism to share with other readers. For more information, contact uson pr.
Karibuni Eco Cottages -Vacancy Announcement!
Ndhiwa Community Empowerment and Development Project in collaboration with Team Kenya UK are seeking to recruit a highly effective, qualified, self- starting professional to occupy the position of Eco- Tourism Hospitality & Catering Manager. Karibuni Eco Cottages is a community-based tourism initiative run by the Karibuni Women’s Development Initiative. It is a ‘hotel’ and restaurant, which provides accommodation for individuals and groups, and has welcomed many visitors from the UK. Read more…
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MAJOR CONFERENCES HEAD TO THE SEYCHELLES IN OCTOBER
(Posted 22nd July 2014)
In less than three months will two major conferences take place in the Seychelles, the Africa Economic Congress from the 20th to the 23rd of October and the first ever edition of the UNWTO / ICAO Conference on Transport and Tourism in Africa, which will bring tourism and transport ministers, the aviation and the tourism industries of the continent together between the 13th and 16th of October.
This inaugural event of the UNWTO / ICAO Conference is today widely credited to the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange, and has its roots way back in 2011 when he was CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and worked towards bringing the Routes Africa meeting to the Seychelles. Together with Elsia Grandcourt, then Deputy CEO of the tourism board (and now Director for Africa at UNWTO in Madrid), the two and their team worked with great determination to attract the airline meeting, which turned out to be Routes Africa’s most successful event ever at the time it took place on Mahe.
At that stage was no doubt the recognition coming into its own, that aviation and tourism are not just closely linked and interdependent but form a symbiotic relationship, one unable to exist and prosper without the other.
The Seychelles of course depend almost entirely on air transport to bring visitors and goods to the archipelago, a fact which no doubt further inspired St. Ange to bring the two sectors together. After being appointed Minister for Tourism and Culture in March 2012, having hosted a hugely successful second edition of the Carnaval de Carnivals, the Carnival International de Victoria, with UNWTO Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai the highest profile guest from abroad, the stage was set for the Seychelles to transform vision into reality.
St. Ange, in his ministerial capacity, fast became a beacon of hope for the African tourism fraternity as he spoke with passion and conviction at many conferences and meetings before carrying the Seychelles flag into the Executive Committee of UNWTO, representing the Eastern African and Indian Ocean islands part of the continent on this important UNWTO organ.
With the right forum and connections, it was just a matter of time before he managed to bring ICAO and UNWTO together and had them commit to a joint conference in the Seychelles, where else, to set an agenda of close future cooperation, alignment of strategies and joint approach towards solving connectivity problems and sectoral challenges.
Dr. Taleb Rifai a few weeks ago sent out his letter of invitation to the African transport and tourism ministers for the October meeting:
"On behalf of the UNWTO, the ICAO and the government of Seychelles, we have the honour to request your participation in the First UNWTO / ICAO Ministerial Conference on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa. The event will be held in Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles, October 14-15, 2014, with a preparatory meeting for the experts to be held on October 13, 2014.
The tourism sector in Africa has reached an above average growth rate. However, its full potential still remains untapped. In recognition of tourism’s high dependency on air transportation and in light of the critical importance of both tourism and air transportation in the context of economic growth and sustainable development, the conference will focus on Tourism and Air Transport in Africa, with the aim of exploring how to maximise existing resources.
The main objective of the ministerial conference is to highlight and analyse the critical linkages between a robust and revenue-generating African tourism sector, combined with safe, efficient and profitable air transport operations, and forward-looking economic policies that optimise both immediate revenue potential and sustainable socio-economic prosperity for Africa.
As outlined in the enclosed provisional programme, the expert panel discussions will generate ideas and high-level inputs which will then be shared with the ministerial participants for consideration. We firmly believe that this joint UNTWO / ICAO ministerial event represents an important milestone for the two sectors and builds on the Luanda Declaration on Tourism and Air Transport Connectivity, approved earlier this year on the occasion of the 56th meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to participate in this unique setting and occasion and we are confident that the knowledge and expertise that will be shared, not to mention the distinctive perspectives of participating African States, will contribute significantly to the delivery of pragmatic, forward-looking proposals that will allow international governments to obtain their fair share out of the future growth of global tourism, ensuring a prosperous and sustainable tomorrow for Africa.
With the Seychelles again taking centre stage in driving aviation and tourism forward, as it did with the launch of the now 5th most popular carnival festival worldwide, may perhaps the recognition dawn on other African governments what can be accomplished if only they facilitate both sectors in the way the Seychelles have done over the past years and how much added investment can be attracted and how many new jobs be created when choosing to use the right policy tools, as again the Seychelles have done over the past years when pursuing an economic reform agenda and promote economic empowerment for Seychellois citizens, a key element in President Michel’s political agenda.
The recent meeting of the Indian Ocean Commission in the Seychelles also dedicated some of its attention to formulating a common position for its members vis a vis the UNWTO / ICAO conference, a sign that the importance of the tourism industry, and the aviation sector, at least across the Indian Ocean islands are fully understood while African mainland governments still have to re-examine their own ways how they treat and facilitate the two sectors.
Be sure to watch this space for upcoming news and information as the two events are coming nearer, in particular of course about the UNWTO / ICAO meeting which many industry observers consider crucial for the immediate future of the two sectors in Africa.
RWANDA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR ATTRACTS RECORD NUMBER OF EXHIBITORS
(Posted 22nd July 2014)
Organized by the Private Sector Federation of Rwanda is the 17th edition of the Rwanda International Trade Show going underway tomorrow in Kigali’s Gikondo Expo Grounds. From the 23rd of July until the 06th of August will over 330 exhibitors from 15 countries exhibit their products and showcase their services. Participating countries reach as far as the UAE, Iran, Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Singapore with many more from the African continent. The number of stands, compared to last year, went up due to a rise in demand from around 400 to over 700, reflecting how trade and industry rank the Kigali trade show.
Key organizers remain the PSF Rwanda and the Ministry of Commerce and the main sponsors again include RwandAir, the Rwanda Development Board, all three telecommunications companies Airtel, MTN and TIGO, leading banks and insurance companies, all keen to present themselves to the expected 250.000+ visitors to the showground in their Sunday best.
Regional hotel companies will reportedly also exhibit, aimed at attracting business from fellow East African Community member states and beyond.
For added information about Rwanda as a tourism destinations click on www.rwandatourism.com