Ever heard of ‘Draculators’ ? Read on to find out who they are and what they do !


(Posted 04th July 2015)

There are many examples to explain why air travel across Africa remains by and large very expensive, condemning many Africans to the hazards of road travel where deadly accidents are the order of the day. Regulators across the continent of Africa have time and again undermined their mandate to promote air transport, at times inventing desperate reasons when they have to explain why fares are beyond affordability of most people. Low Cost Airlines are often kept out of their skies to keep competition away, a shortsighted measure of course as it limits economic growth but clearly what do they care. To cite but one example are the Kenyan ‘draculators – aka as guilty people and institutions sucking the lifeblood out of African pockets’ which have constantly ignored and defied the calls of their hard hit coastal tourism fraternity to grant Qatar Airways traffic rights among many other cardinal sins which have been cited here time and again.

Hitting tourism and aviation with taxes seems the be the order of the day now, and studies by IATA, AFRAA, the UNWTO and the WTTC about the negative impact of high airport taxes and regulatory fees are so ignored by these chaps that one might wonder if literacy is still a requirement to get a job there – as apparently they are incapable of reading such studies leave alone internalizing or implementing them.

The African Union too has in their latest budget estimates shown similar greed when they included a US Dollar 10 inbound and outbound tax on air tickets, instead to cutting down on wasteful spending and exercising budget austerity.

That all said, the example shown above must probably be the worst example of fares vis a vis fees ever, as Fastjet has just launched a prebooked fare of 60.000 Uganda Shillings, one way, from Entebbe to Kilimanjaro on which the ‘draculators’ load a massive 171.600 Uganda Shillings of taxes and fees.

The Ugandan CAA, of course notorious since last year’s almost successful attempt to wipe out the aviation fraternity based in Uganda to save face and their a**** to escape ICAO citation over significant safety concerns of their supervisory and regulatory regime, perhaps managed to dig their hole in which they hibernated and hid since then even deeper.

Courtesy of Fastjet’s open advertising of the fees loaded on the ticket, something the UCAA might wanted to have kept quiet of course, they were exposed as probably the worst bloodsuckers on the continent as the fees are nearly three times of the fare. #OccupyUCAA or #DownWithUCAA or #SackThemAll comes to mind when seeing how these regulatory fatcats are more concerned to keep their sumptuous lifestyles intact rather than matching such fares like with like in order to promote air travel.

Perhaps legislators should take a hard look at such practices and limit fees to the level of fares charged, of course making it impossible for the regulators to set minimum fares just so that they can keep their outrageous charges high.

Preventers or promoters of air travel, the answer is patently obvious! Quod erat demonstrandum …

New Mombasa North Coast air service to cut hours off journey time


(Posted 04th July 2015)

When Safarilink’s Bombardier Dash 8 touched down on the Vipingo Ridge airstrip shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon this week, did cheers from the assembled political leadership of Kilifi County, local residents and both residents and staff of Vipingo Ridge affirm that this moment was long awaited.

The Governor of Kilifi County, Hon. Amason Kingi, who was guest of honour on this occasion, was joined by Kenya Coast Tourism Association Chairman Mohammed Hersi in his praise for the new daily scheduled flight and both singled out the time savings passengers can enjoy when flying nonstop from Vipingo Ridge to Wilson Airport compared to the cumbersome detour into and through Mombasas to the international airport.

Kingi spoke of several hours of journey time saved, with the added benefit on arrival at Wilson Airport that the equally frustrating drive from the airport to the inner city and the outer residential estates was equally cut short.

Vipingo Ridge’s General Manager Mike Round-Turner in his brief humorous comments made sure that everyone knew that this was a daily scheduled flight service by Safarilink for ALL north coast residents from Nyali to Kilifi and not just for Vipingo Ridge residents when he said: ‘This service is for you all. It is a North Coast service, not a Vipingo Service’ before pointing to safe parking facilities which will be open to Safarilink passengers for the duration of their trip free of charge.

(Safarilink CEO John Buckley seen during his address)

(KCTA Chairman Mohammed Hersi clearly enjoying the moment)

(Mike Round Turner seen here with Kilifi Governor Kingi answering questions of the local media. Airstrip security personnel seen in the background inside the perimeter fence)

Safarilink’s CEO John Buckley, who had arrived on the inaugural flight with his Director of Marketing Anu Vohora, sang from the same hymn sheet when he assured the assembled crowd that the service was not just here to stay for good but to go nonstop when passenger numbers allowed to delink it from the present Ukunda routing.

Like Ukunda Airfield, now the South Coast’s primary aviation platform for residents and many local tourists to fly into or out of Diani, does Vipingo intend to become a similar option for long suffering North Coast residents who are fed up to the teeth with the traffic jams going to and coming from Moi International Airport in Mombasa, and are expected to flock in growing numbers to Vipingo for their Nairobi trips.

(Check in set up at Vipingo Ridge’s airstrip which included manual security searches as mandated by KCAA)

Golfers in particular of course will be keen to fly from upcountry directly into Kenya’s number one golf resort as a golf bag is uplifted at just 1.000 KShs per sector. There is now no better way to fly to Vipingo but with Safarilink. For schedule details and fares click on www.flysafarilink.com

14 slams for 16 boats – this surely is a great place to fish …


(Posted 04th July 2015)

Amazing results are coming in from the annual Seychelles Sports Fishing Club annual Heineken sponsored fishing event, with some 14 so called ‘slams’ setting a new record for the archipelago. Those who regularly go out for deep sea fishing the word ‘slam’ in different locations means different catches of course but here the word refers to a combination of Wahoo, Yellow Finned Tuna and Dorado.

The rough sea conditions during the SouthEast Monsoon did not deter a large number of boats to go out, manned by locals and foreign visitors like, who had come to the islands to participate in the challenge.

16 boats, up from the 10 last year, showed a rising interest in one of the Seychelles’ premier deep sea fishing competitions and fishermen and increasingly fisherwomen from around the world make their way to Mahe to take part.

Winner and runner up were this year only separated by a margin of around 7 kg’s of landed fish, prompting the SSFC Secretary Grant Heyer to say: ‘The weather was perfect. We had over 100 participants on the boats, a record 14 slams, IGFA Super Offshore Grand Slams, IGFA Offshore Grand Slams’.

Heyer then went on to comment on the practice of ‘Tag and Release’ when he said: ‘Eight billfish were released, six sailfish, one black marlin, one blue marlin, by five different teams. Two participants caught their first billfish’.

Like in last year’s SSFC-Heineken tournament and every other tournament organized by the SSFC were the teams on board their boats hoping to win the Billfish Release challenge.

The SSFC teams up with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for this particular challenge, which means all billfish caught must be tagged and released, with video evidence provided for verification purposes “[There were],” said

Winner in 2015 was Team ‘FINS’ after tagging and releasing four sailfish. Heyer ended his comments when he stated that SSFC had this year already tagged and released 93 billfish in what has for long been one of the world’s best open sea fishing grounds. The next major tournament will be held on the 25th of July.

Seychelles, with their open door No Visa policy has been attracting sports fishers from around the world in increasing numbers, capitalizing on the archipelago’s reputation of a safe destination and the ability of people to fly into Mahe often with just one stop via the main Gulf aviation hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is thought that some of the recent developments of tighter and user unfriendly Visa rules from deep sea fishing countries on the African mainland will ultimately only benefit the Indian Ocean islands tourism industry, with the Seychelles, Mauritius and to a lesser Madagascar being the main beneficiaries.

Awards Awards and more Awards – though the UNWTO ranks tops of the pops no doubt

The Award nomination and Award giving season is in full swing right now. None though match those of the UNWTO which promote Excellence and Innovation in tourism around the world. Being nominated is a big thing by any standards, being a finalist of course quite another and winning the non plus ultra, compared to some of the paid for and almost purchased kinds we only see too often these days.Read on to find out all about the 2015 edition, the 12th overall of the UNWTO Awards.

UNWTO has opened the call for applications for the 12th edition of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism. Tourism initiatives from around the world are encouraged to apply before 30 October 2015.

Since 2003, the UNWTO Awards recognize knowledge creation, dissemination and innovation in tourism, seeking to highlight the sector’s transversal effect on governance and society at large. So far, the Awards have acknowledged more than 70 scholars, visionaries and institutions, whose work has served as an inspiration for competitive and sustainable tourism development and the promotion of the values of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

The UNWTO Awards distinguish tourism initiatives for outstanding achievements in the following categories:

  • UNWTO Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance
  • UNWTO Award for Innovation in Enterprises
  • UNWTO Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations
  • UNWTO Award for Innovation in Research and Technology

Previous winners include a project promoting domestic tourism in Peru, an initiative for travelers to immerse in the Maasai community in Tanzania, an innovative marketing project from Amsterdam and a mobile application promoting European tourism.

The 12th UNWTO Awards winners will be announced on 20 January 2016 in Madrid, Spain. For the third consecutive year, the Ceremony will be held in collaboration with the Spanish tourism fair IFEMA/FITUR. The Ceremony will be preceded by the annual UNWTO Awards Symposium which highlights the importance of innovation in tourism and is an opportunity to share the knowledge and achievements of the UNWTO Awards finalists.

Mountain Dispatches June / July 2015

News from the Mount Kenya Trust for all those who can never get enough
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Pictorial news and highlights from the Mount Kenya Trust
January – May 2015

Mountain Dispatches:
News from the Mount Kenya Trust

June / July 2015

The Trust is currently running more projects than ever before and we have had a busy but fruitful year so far, despite some big challenges. Our holistic approach to conservation is one that nurtures partnerships and we owe our growth and increased scope not just to the dedication of our teams and supporters, but to the strong partnerships we continue to forge in the public and private sector.

Our most successful 10to4 Mountain Bike challenge yet was held in February. The SAX sponsored event raised 5.1 million shillings this year, an increase of 1.9 million on the 2014 proceeds. Funds raised by the 10to4 are divided between our 10to4 dedicated tree planting project, our mountain teams, our education project and core costs. We are incredibly grateful to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants for making this hugely popular fundraiser for the Trust’s work possible.

Fires dominated our activities in March, a stressful time for all, when illegal activity poses a dangerous, additional and mindless threat to the mountain’s ancient forests. Though the threat seems to grow each year, it’s clear that the communities around the mountain as a whole are now more and more willing to assist with fire fighting. This fire season saw hundreds of men and women take part. The joint fire fighting effort between the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Kenya Forest Service, the Mount Kenya Trust and communities was incredible. The support and funding we received from an emergency campaign and inputs from local companies and individuals from here to Nairobi, made it a truly Kenyan effort!

The pace at which Rhino Ark and its partners are progressing with the new Mount Kenya Fence project is very impressive, with nearly 100km of the ‘total fence’ already completed. We are proud to be a part of this initiative and grateful that the fence project allows us to concentrate on wildlife and habitat protection, forest rehabilitation, education and community support. This important intervention for the long-term alleviation of human wildlife conflict and forest protection give our field operations and other projects greater strength and sustainability.

There are lots of other exciting developments to report and we are indebted to all our donors and in-kind supporters for helping us to continue our important work.

Susie Weeks
Executive Officer

THE SAX 10to4 2015

The 10to4 Mountain bike challenge in February was a roaring success with a total of 276 entrants in the main events, as well as 114 kids in the Braeburn children’s races. We must say a huge thanks to our title sponsors SAX for sponsorship of event running costs, which came to KES 3.5 million. Before Don Smith and his team came on board with this level of commitment, it was difficult for the event to generate meaningful funds for the Trust, given the huge task of organising it. We are eternally thankful for the generosity of our partners, who donate huge resources to help us host an event over such a large, diverse geographical area that teems with wildlife.

The 10to4 offers 3 days of events for all abilities and ages. From the Hardcore and Extreme to the Braeburn children’s races there is something for everyone.

The overall winner of the 10to4 this year were Safari Simbaz champion Samson Gighuru in the men’s Extreme event over 2 days and Joyce Nayruri in the women’s Extreme. Please find the full results table HERE.

Special Thanks to the following sponsors:
SAX – no event could take place without the overall title sponsor contribution.The costs of running the event could never be covered by entry fees alone, SAX make entry donations more valuable to our cause.

BATUK – who were on site for a whole week, plus dedicating time to planning before the event. They supplied the tents, tables, chairs, power, lighting and the transport and manpower to set it all up up, take it all down and keep everything running in the mean time.They also fed our support teams and the sponsored riders, thus reducing the financial burden and enabling us to channel more funds into conservation projects.

TROPIC AIR – Tropic is unfailingly supportive of the 10to4 event and conservation projects in general. Having a helicopter available not only adds to the spectacle from a media point of view but allows us to monitor potential wildlife threats and respond rapidly in the event of an emergency. They help us to guarantee evacuation for injured people to the local hospital at zero cost, and ensure we get a bird’s eye view of the course and riders as the event unfolds.


Jimmy passed away earlier this year. He was a long serving former Mount Kenya Trust Trustee who never missed a 10to4 event, always being there for us as a time keeper with his wife Rose. He was a truly committed family and community man and is missed by all that knew him. Farewell old friend and thank you for all that you stood for.

These are just a few images out of hundreds of the documented evidence of our conservation interventions over the past 6 months. Rescuing wildlife, destroying snares and traps, destroying charcoal kilns, poacher dens and marijuana fields, arresting loggers, charcoal producers and poachers – it is all in a days work for our teams, who put them selves at great risk on a daily basis. One of our men was badly attacked by a poacher with a panga this year and all of our men are vulnerable to poaching cartels and highly dangerous, duplicitous characters on a regular basis.

Snares are particularly barbaric as they are often designed to kill elephants for ivory, as well as smaller mammals for bush meat. They are indiscriminate so the level of ‘by-catch’ followed by the inevitable and often slow and torturous death make them a high priority for our team.

The photos here show a. the JWPT team, who discovered this injured elephant called for assistance from from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to help free her from a snare and treat her wound b. skinned animals retrieved from a bushmeat hunter after making an arrest c. posts from indigenous hardwood chopped down by loggers d. charcoal producers arrested e. retrieval of an elephant snare like the one used to trap the elephant above f. discovery and subsequent destruction of a poacher’s and logger’s den within the forest.


Through our tree planting program we were able to support local communities, planting over 24,400 trees during April and May. Monitoring and care of previously planted areas also yielded rewarding results as trees grew high enough for birds to start nesting in them!

Compared to the western side of the mountain rains arrived earlier in the Irangi area where 5,000 indigenous seedlings were planted at the Magacha site. 3,500 of these trees were bought from the Wamiti and Magacha women’s groups, with a further 1,500 rare and unusual species donated by the Brackenhurst Botanic Garden in Limuru. The Trust’s tree planting project in this area is now also gratefully supported by CHASE Africa.

By the third week of the month rain began to fall on the north-eastern Ontulili area and tree planting started in earnest, with a total of 19,440 seedlings planted on around 20ha at the Karuri site.

On the ’10to4′ dedicated area 16,440 seedlings were planted thanks to funding raised directly by the 2015 10to4 Mountain Bike Challenge.

3,000 seedlings were also planted at the Safarilink funded site and we were pleased to welcome seven members of the Safarilink staff who visited to assist in planting for a day.


The Mount Kenya Trust’s pilot Community Health Service programme is funded by CHASE Africa and run in partnership with the Ministry of Health. It has been progressively reaching more and more members of the rural communities on the boundary of the Mount Kenya forest and will be operating every month for a whole year fr the first phase of the project.

This sees us work to train community members, who already work with us on tree planting projects, to act as mobilisers, helping us reach out to people with poor access to medical and family planning services. With the help of local doctors and counselling professionals we offer preventative and curative health care services, family planning commodities, HIV testing and cervical cancer screenings.

Between January and May our Field Co-ordinator has planned and executed the following environmental education outreaches involving:

1. Adult and young adult groups in the Sirimon, Kangaita and Kithithinia areas. Undertaken over 3 days in February, with the Sirimon KWS Warden. Daytime and evening barazas during which poaching, charcoal production, logging and relative community needs were discussed. At a separate location film shows were set up to educate the community about the importance of water catchment protection. Approximately 520 adults turned up to the barazas and film showings!

2. Also in February the team visited Kubukubu Academy in Embu County with the Embu KWS Warden. Where 400 pupils were sensitized and quizzed about the effects of climate change and deforestation.

3. In March 10 schools were visited by the Trust and KWS in Runyenjes Sub-County in Embu County. These were held during an opportune time to bring environmental awareness to the younger generation as unusually hot, windy and dry conditions were affecting all communities and fires blazed over many parts of Mount Kenya.

All of the education costs are covered by the Mount Kenya Trust.


The Mount Kenya Elephant Corridor, spearheaded by the Trust, continues to provide passage to elephants and other animals (including African wild dogs!) as they pass to and from the mountain and northern Kenya.

We continued our monitoring and maintenance of this ‘world first’, responding to damage to the fence cause by rains, road traffic accidents and wildlife. The rains are an especially tough time for our MKT Corridor Fencing and Patrol teams, who work tirelessly to maintain the fences, with repairs carried out on a near daily basis. This includes 24km of ‘total’ game fence and 7km of ‘short fence’ along the Ntirimiti community boundary, supported by Kisima and Marania Farms and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

We are indebted to the Safaricom Foundation for covering the lions share of the costs of the fence maintenance and corridor patrols over the past 5 years.

The Mount Kenya Comprehensive Fence Project continues to move forwards at pace. This collaborative project is undertaken through a private/public partnership that incorporates inputs from multiple organisations – notably KWS, KFS, IFAD, County Government and local community Forest Associations, overseen by the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust. The Mount Kenya Trust has helped to provide labour for the first 10km along the Chogoria section and community liaison for all sections. With over 10 years of fencing experience, MKT representatives attend both the community sensitisation meetings and the fencing technical meetings.

The fence is proceeding around the mountain anti-clockwise (see map) and is soon to reach the completion of Phase Two, which will see some 100kms in place. We are glad to be able to contribute to such a fantastic, collectively approached project. The completed fence will safeguard the integrity of Mount Kenya by acting as a barrier to both prevent human wildlife conflict and greatly reduce unregulated or illegal natural resource extraction.


Following poor rainfall throughout 2014, the early dry season of 2015 was a remarkably challenging time across the mountain. During February and March, as the dry season reached its peak, fires ravaged on many sections of the mountain. Thanks to funds raised by an emergency campaign we supported the KWS, KFS and local communities in their fire-fighting efforts. This included the provision of food and water for over one hundred people a day for over two weeks!

We are particularly grateful to the Mountain Clubs of Kenya, Greystones Development Company and Finlays Ibis Farm for donations of cash, food supplies and vital logistical support. Huge thanks is also due to Kisima Farms, Tropic Air and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy who responded to our requests for aerial oversight to enable accurate placement of resources to fight the fires.

Good luck and thank you!
Maurice Nyaligu worked for the Trust as our Programme Officer from 2011. He was instrumental in helping us to send out more proposals and raise more funds for the Trust and bring much needed expertise in International policy, especially with respect to World Heritage Sites. He is now working in the Mara for the World Wildlife Fund and we wish him well with the next chapter of his impressive career.
Parting Shot

Elephants aren’t the only creatures using the corridor. This little fellow, who we believe to be a flap-necked chameleon, was spotted by our corridor fencing team making his way towards the mountain along the elephant fence.

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Thank you for your support in 2015!

Batian Level Donors
The Woodcock Family Charitable Trust

Nelion Level Donors & Fundraising Events
SAX 10to4: SAX (Safari Air Express)

Lenana Level Donors
CHASE Africa, Safaricom Marathon via Tusk Trust, Fooks Trust

Coryndon Level Donors
Eden Wildlife Trust, Safaricom Foundation.
SAX 10to4: BATUK, Tropic Air

Point Piggot Level Donors & Event sponsors
Jeremy and Claire Evans, The International Elephant Foundation, African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.

Point Dutton Level Donors & Event Sponsors
Safarilink, Susannah Rouse, Jim Butterfield, Finlays Farm, Steve and Robin Sapiro, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Friends of Africa International, Kisima Farm, Marania Farm, Kevin Pyper, Rebecca Brooke, The 10to4 Horse Riders (from 2014 event).
SAX 10to4: Kisima Farm, Born Free, Finlays Farm, Kenya Wildlife Service, Commercial Bank of Africa, The Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, Highlands Water, Farwell, Timaflor, Farwell, Braeburn Schools, Bikes and Outdoors Adeventure, DHL, Frist Choice, Uhuru Flowers, Maisha Flower Mills, Deilas Ice Cream, Go Wild Africa, Bevis Tetlow, The Trout Tree, Rift Valley Adventures, Marania Farm, Bayer Crop Science, Tusk Trust, The Safari Collection, African Ascents, Anselm Kitengela Glass, The Safari Company, Solaris, Raka Cheese, Mountain Oil, Ragati Conservancy, Tambuzi, Ol Donyo Farm, Travelshoppe.

Fire Fighting Support in March – thanks for your quick and generous response!
The Mountain Club of Kenya, The Belcher Family, Kisima Farm, Tropic Air, Tropical Heat, Kenya Sweets, Rowena Gross, Sheila Okanga, Jamie Hendriksen, Sheila Taylor, Philip Njenga, Anita Norris, Lizzie Grounds, Dani Murray, Annik Mitchell, Sira Singh, Phillipa Bengough, Elsen Karstad, Evonne Wheeler, Lisa Hannegraff, Bryan Adkins, Sarah King, Suzy Belcher, Celia & Sparky Behrens, Nicola Taylor, Teddy Kinyanjui.

Thanks to our regular contributors for their assistance so far this year: The Mountain Club of Kenya, Ol Donyo Farm, Steve Strong, Dom & Melissa Weeks.

Our partners: We wouldn’t be able to keep up the good work without our most important supporting & operational partners. These include The Kenya Wildlife Service, The Kenya Forest Service, Rhino Ark, Kisima Farm, Marania Farm, Tropic Air, Borana Conservancy and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Asanteni sana!

We are hugely indebted to Morten Jensen for his voluntary time working on the Trust’s accounts for the Finance Committee.

And finally a big thank you to all the volunteers who work tirelessly at the SAX 10to4 event in February.

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Photos: Mount Kenya Trust teams, Paul Benson, Maurice Shutgens, Jeff Waweru, Kjell Linthout, Kelly Wellman, Peter Coleridge.
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Save Save Save – this airline becomes innovative to capture more traffic


(Posted 04th July 2015)

Everybody loves a bargain and everyone who is even slightly web savvy knows how to search for the best deals for tickets when planning a vacation or even a business trip – after all companies too have yet to find the tree on which money grows.

Kenya Airways has made the search now easier with their launch of ‘Hot Deals’ which, as long as travelers book and pay either 28 or 42 days in advance, will get huge savings compared to last minute bookings.

The airline, which just bagged the award for Best Business Class in Africa for the third year running, offers an extensive network of connections across not just Eastern Africa but across the entire continent, to London, Amsterdam and Paris in Europe, the Middle East and India and on to Asia. All destinations can benefit from the early bird bookings, where the proverbial worms waiting to be found are in fact big savings.

Now operating 7 Boeing B787 Dreamliners is Kenya Airways preparing to receive another one of these state of the art birds this month and the present order will then be completed when a 9th such aircraft joins the fleet in August.

Together with the Boeing B777-300ER’s do the B787’s form the backbone of the airline’s long haul fleet, while short and medium distance services are operated by Embraer’s E190, Boeing B737-700NG’s and Boeing B737-800NG’s, another one of which will be delivered in November 2015.

Travelers taking advantage of these hot deals will also be able to experience Kenya Airways’ new home at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where the new Terminal 1A gives passengers ample space to check in before they can enjoy the spacious departure lounge area after passing immigration and security check points.

Premium class passengers can enjoy the serene hospitality of the airline’s two lounges, Simba and Pride from where they can then fast track for boarding through special boarding channels.

Who aspires to become an Eco Warrior this year? Read on to learn how to go about it!


(Posted 04th July 2015)

Nominations are now invited again for the ten categories which EcoTourism Kenya has set for their 2015 race to become the recipient of the Eco Warrior Award, one of Kenya’s most coveted trophies to take home.

Like last year will the award gala be held in conjunction with the Kenya Tourism Board’s Magical Kenya Travel Expo which this year takes place south of Mombasa at the equally award winning Diani beach on the 16th of October. This will be EcoTourism Kenya’s tenth award event, which over the years has become one of the tourism industry’s highlights on the social and business calendar.

· 2015 Private Conservancy of the Year Award

· 2015 Community Conservancy of the Year Award

· 2015 Eco-rated Lodge of the Year Award

· 2015 Eco-rated Tented Camp of the Year Award

· 2015 Eco-rated Villa of the Year Award

· 2015 Eco-rated Hotel / Serviced Apartment of the Year Award

· 2015 Travel / Tour Operator of the Year Award

· 2015 Airline of the Year Award

· 2015 Ecotourism Community Owned Enterprise of the Year Award

· 2015 Ecotourism Training Institution of the Year Award

Some added categories are available on the EcoTourism Kenya website such as Blogger of the Year and LMP Student of the Year. Only Kenyan registered companies and Kenya based individuals are eligible to be nominated, something worth to keep in mind when reading this elsewhere in Eastern Africa.

The Kenya Tourism Board has set an appropriate theme for their MKTE 2016 event, to which again some 150 hosted buyers as well as the international media will be invited to give the country maximum positive exposure and in particular showcase Kenya’s award winning beaches and a wide range of superb resorts located south of Mombasa. Prior to the main event will, as has been over the past two years, a symposium take place addressing pressing issues related to tourism and all aspects surrounding the industry.

Sustainable Tourism: Keeping the Magic Alive!’ is the 2016 headline for MKTE, entirely in line with EcoTourism Kenya’s own relentless drive to promote sustainability and eco-friendly operations, making for a symbiotic partnership from which both sides can benefit.

For added information click on the links below or write to pr

Eco Warrior Awards 2015 Eco Warrior Nominations Guidelines About Ecotourism Kenya


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