Kenya Airways briefs investors on H1 results of 2016/17 Financial Year


(Posted 27th October 2016)

(Mbuvi Ngunze, Kenya Airways CEO, welcomes the airline’s investors and invited guests)

Kenya Airways is on the mend again, given some of the key indicators provided by the airline’s management this morning and notably has the most progress been made on African routes, where traffic grew by 14 percent with an overall rise of over 4 percent network wide.
This translates to 2.2 million passengers uplifted for the first half of this financial year and 949 million Kenya Shillings in operating profits, compared to the same period a year ago when the airline wrote a 2.2 billion Kenya Shillings loss.
These figures prove that the turnaround started by the airline’s management, dubbed ‘Operation Pride‘ has not just taken root but is already showing significant improvement all round.
Operation Pride, a recovery strategy formulated some time ago, focuses on the following three areas:

1. Closing the profitability gap

2. Refocusing business model
3. Optimizing capital

Kenya’s rather rabid unions, among them the Pilot’s union KALPA, will be hard pressed to talk such positive changes away, literally ripping the carpet from underneath their feet in their misguided quest to have all KQ managers either resign or be fired.
Also paying dividends are the fleet rationalisation exercise, which saw the Boeing B777’ pulled from service and substituted by Boeing B787’s which provide substantial operational savings. Again, this measure was vehemently opposed by the pilots union, exposing them as economic primary students who should concentrate flying KQ’s aircraft as they are told and when they are told and not meddling in politics.
Challenges remaining for this year are unpredictable foreign exchange markets with in particular the US Dollar under the spotlight ahead and after the upcoming US elections.
Some markets, like Nigeria, have also been affected by dramatic falls in commodity prices leading to austerity budgets and sharply lower passenger numbers, which led to the airline halting flights to Abuja but maintaining their daily Lagos services.
On the head table has for the first time in such a public function Mr. Michael Joseph taken his seat as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kenya Airways, after he was elected to the position yesterday following the resignation of Ambassador Awori who served during a critical period of the company for just under a year.


Ended Mr. Ngunze his presentation by saying ‘We’re in a marathon and not a sprint…and it is beginning to bear fruit‘, a sound assessment of the present situation the Pride of Africa finds itself in.

The Africa Travel Association comes to Kigali in November


(Posted 27th October 2016)

What significant investments are being made in logistics, transportation and real estate? On the government side, what policies (open skies, visa) are being made to support private sector efforts and tourism infrastructure development?

ATA will convene an expert panel to discuss ‘Connecting the Continent: The Infrastructure of Tourism‘ in Kigali.

IATA’s Adefunke Adeyemi is the intermediary between airlines, the wider aviation community and the general public. She is responsible for conceptualizing and delivering an ongoing campaign to promote Africa’s socio-economic prospects through enhanced connectivity across the continent. Adefunke also heads the Women in Leadership initiative of IATA in Africa and the Middle East.

Dr. Amany Asfour is a renowned businesswoman and chairperson of the COMESA Business Council. Representing the private sector in the COMESA region, Dr. Amany is focused on the industrial development and regional integration of the region. Read COMESA’s Sustainable Tourism Development Framework, a regional plan for tourism development.

President and Founder of Computer Frontiers, Inc., Barbara Keating has 25 years of experience working in Africa, bringing innovation and technology solutions to the most remote parts of the continent. Ms. Keating is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA)

Todd Neuman, Executive Vice-President for the Americas for South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline. He is a 35-year airline and travel industry veteran responsible for all South African Airways’ commercial operations in North, Central and South America. Todd leads a team of 90 colleagues that oversee sales, marketing, reservations, customer relations and finance for the region.

Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Head for Airline and Relations, Africa and Middle East
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Todd Neuman, Executive Vice President, The Americas
South African Airways
Barbara Keating, President
Computer Frontiers
Dr. Amany Asfour, Chairperson
COMESA Business Council

Join us in Kigali at #ATARwanda to explore destinations, and opportunities in aviation, infrastructure and ICT opportunities in African tourism.


Mankind the main reason for collapse of wildlife populations


(Posted 27th October 2016)

Worldwide populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have plunged by almost 60 percent since 1970 as human activities overwhelm the environment, the WWF conservation group said on Thursday.

An index compiled with data from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to measure the abundance of biodiversity was down 58 percent from 1970 to 2012 and would fall 67 percent by 2020 on current trends, the WWF said in a report.

The decline is yet another sign that people have become the driving force for change on Earth, ushering in the epoch of the Anthropocene, a term derived from "anthropos", the Greek for "human" and "-cene" denoting a geological period.

Conservation efforts appear to be having scant impact as the index is showing a steeper plunge in wildlife populations than two years ago, when the WWF estimated a 52 percent decline by 2010.

Wildlife is disappearing within our lifetimes at an unprecedented rate‘ Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International, said in a statement of the group’s Living Planet Report, published every two years.

Biodiversity forms the foundation of healthy forests, rivers and oceans‘ before he then added ‘We are entering a new era in Earth’s history: the Anthropocene‘ he concluded. WWF is also known as the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The index tracks about 14,200 populations of 3,700 species of vertebrates – creatures that range in size from pea-sized frogs to 30-metre (100 ft) long whales.

The rising human population is threatening wildlife by clearing land for farms and cities, the WWF’s report said. Other factors include pollution, invasive species, hunting and climate change.

But there were still chances to reverse the trends, it said.

Importantly … these are declines, they are not yet extinctions‘ said Professor Ken Norris, Director of Science at ZSL.

Deon Nel, WWF global conservation director, told Reuters it wasn’t all bad news.

I don’t speak at all about doom and gloom – we do see a lot of positive signs‘ Nel said.

One hopeful sign is a global agreement by almost 200 nations last year to curb climate change could, for instance, help protect tropical forests, slow a spread of deserts and curb an acidification of the seas caused by a build-up of carbon dioxide.

And a 2015 U.N. plan for sustainable development by 2030, seeking to end poverty with policies that safeguard the environment, would also help if properly implemented.

Lillian Gaitho’s mid week thoughts focus on practical travel tips

Seven Practical Travel Fitness Hacks

Inconsistency and unfamiliarity is probably one of the many reasons travelers find it hard to keep in shape while on vacation or any other kind of travel. Although most resorts and hotels provide a fitness center, most travelers find it almost impossible to storm into a strange territory and kick in some sweaty hours. The adventure in culinary sampling, drink outs and the general need for comfort are just but a number of factors that inculcate to a thicker waistline while away from home. There however is a better way; you can take charge of your weight and fitness while on travel by adopting the tips below.

Work with a diet plan

Like any other project, to not plan is to plan to fail. As you pack your jungle boots, party shorts and hoards of gadgetry, do not forget to pack your diet plan. This should be in whatever form that pleases your style; soft or hard. Like any of the numerous health apps in the market, the plan is not going to force good fats and superfoods down your throat, but will at least guide you on what you should eat when.

Shoot close to home

Fitness regimes that work best are those designed in harmony with both the user’s personality and objectives. For instance if you are highly energetic, hard to hold on a leash folk, then it’s only fair that you pick on activities than indulge your energies. You can find out local clubs in your destination and ask to join them during their trainings or you can download a couple of High Intensity Training (HIT) podcasts and clips on the go. Similarly, if walking, cycling or even swimming is your calling, adapt your workout programme to the activity.

Party with a purpose

What is a holiday devoid of immersion and indulgence? Well, you can have your cake and eat it! This however demands for a lot of discipline and accountability. If you plan to go out, make a tidy mental note of the night’s doings while still sober. Space out your drinks with lots of water, try and have a healthy and filling meal before you set out; bar food is bad and full of wicked temptations. It’s also decent and skilled preparedness to plan on a recovery plan for the morning after, such as extended workout duration, lighter and healthy meals as opposed to earth moving, literally heart throbbing breakfast and an intermittent fast from last night’s poison.

Your Waistline is 80% what you feed it!

I still think this as the most mean revelation to ever be made by food scientists and nutrition; that most of our sweet treats retreat to our mid zones and all the other wrong places once they are done enticing our too-weak-to -resist palates. That said, work some tricks to tease the calories; do not follow a decadent indulgence with another of it’s type! Let’s say for instance, if you enjoy your lunch treat of nyama choma in the scenic fringes of Nairobi at Oleopolos; keep your dinner light and leafy.

Sneak a snooze…

One of the most frequently asked questions by travelers on is, “how is the nightlife, where can I go to relax?…” Well, all of us wanderers hate the thought of losing a moment when we are out to explore. But, it’s important to know that your weary muscles will really thank you for a break from all the crazy up and abouts, been here done that. Apart from the muscle break, sleep will also help rejuvenate your brain. Who knows, the renewed creativity could be just what you need to score another point on the Wanderer’s Hall of Fame!

Push yourself; be your own motivation

An afternoon spent on a hammock overlooking the picturesque Great Rift Valley or enjoying the breeze from Lake Naivasha appeals more to our souls than a sweaty hour trying to hold a decent plank. Thus, to stay the course, you need to instil in yourself the ability to be self-accountable and try to enjoy the grind.

Pack your pills and pots

If you live on protein powder, please pack enough to last you through the away season. Again, there are some types of superfoods that can transform your plate from a drab meal to bouncing bowl of nutrients and taste. Depending on your means of transport, regulations and rules; you can pack whatever brings the zen in your everyday meal. Such packs as pepper, quinoa, cinnamon, chia seeds and healthy oils can make you super healthy snacks at a speed to rival Captain Marvel’s.

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Nairobi Serena’s Mandhari Fine Dining gets new kitchen


(Posted 26th October 2016)

Following the installation of a state of the art new kitchen at the Mandhari Restaurant of the Nairobi Serena Hotel is Nairobi’s classiest eatery once again open, for hotel guests and also for patrons from Kenya’s capital city.
A recent trial lunch revealed that the new menu for certain matches the new facilities and the presentation, leave alone the quality of the food, was simply outstanding.
A long leisurely lunch on the outside terrace with Serena’s Director of Marketing Rosemary Mugambi, needless to say, was all about talking shop and various sales and marketing initiatives now going underway ahead of the upcoming festive season will be the focus of other articles.
My menu comprised a Thai Fish Soup as a starter and I can only say that my taste buds were set alight, ready to then devour a fillet of Snapper, cooked to perfection, in other words avoiding the regular mistakes other chefs make when they overcook a piece of fine fish fillet.
The icing on the cake however was a tray of chocolate mousse and Rosemary did the unthinkable and caught me in the act of having two, but that deliriously delicious dessert I simply could not withstand. If I had any regret it was only that I had just two of these sinfully sweet delicacies and did not, having been outed already, gobble them all up.
So a new kitchen, a new menu but the same gifted young chef, a recipe for success no doubt and a lunch and dinner venue in Nairobi which simply does not come any better.
Bon Appetite!

Kenya releases arrival data from January to August 2016


(Posted 26th October 2016)

While charter arrivals in Mombasa, though up compared to last year, continues to be a matter of concern to the Kenya coast tourism fraternity inspite of a 19.1 percent rise, have overall arrivals into the country since January risen by 17.2 percent with the largest number of visitors entering through Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

In summary are the following figures now available:

· Total international arrivals for January to August 2016 by air and sea closed at 581,808 compared to 496,579 in 2015, illustrating an increase of 17.2%.

· JKIA arrivals grew by 16.5% to record 522,709 compared to 448,549 in 2015

· Moi International Airport Mombasa (MIAM), received 57,219 visitors, compared to 48,031 in 2015, a 19.1% growth

· 1,880 cruise ship arrivals were recorded until August 2016

Fuller data are available and are shown in the graphic below to allow further comparison of arrival data going back to 2011:

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