Archive for August 3rd, 2017

Kenya Railways under fire for suspending rail transport on election day


(Posted 03rd August 2017)

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Poor decisions continue to plague Kenya Railways when it comes to the Madaraka Express operations, or as is the case here, the suspension of operations on election day.
The organization is now under huge pressure from the tourism industry and the public at large to finally launch online bookings and payments after last week first demanding foreigners should pay a premium on the current fares – some called it greed incorporated – before bowing to harsh critique and withdrawing the ‘extortion tariff‘ as others named it.
Suggestions that the organization – given the faux pas’ over the past weeks – needs a new leadership are also becoming more vocal as clearly both advisers and advised fail the standards of holding public office and behaving in a fashion becoming to a parastatal body.
Again did Mohammed Hersi, Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation and new Group CEO of Sun Africa Hotels, take issue with the decision to halt rail traffic, calling it inexplicable and asking what message a public corporation was sending to the country as after all hotels and airports too would be working without interruption on election day, giving their workers time out to cast their votes without grounding their entire operations.
Only two days ago did Blu Panorama resume charter flights to Mombasa in what can almost be called an act of defiance in the face of election fears, but considering that has Kenya Railways position once again become the focus of public anger, disappointment and ridicule for the message they posted. ‘If we Kenyans do not believe in peaceful elections and declarations, then who will. As you say, there is a charter airline launching flights at this time of our country’s history and our own railway operator clearly casts doubts on the orderly conduct of the elections. It is a crying shame and those responsible should be held accountable‘ ranted a regular Nairobi based tourism source.

Sarova Whitesands 400 million Shillings upgrade a sign of market confidence


(Posted 03rd August 2017)

Sarova Hotels is presently investing a further 400 million Kenya Shillings in a room upgrade at their Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa north of Mombasa, located along the famous Bamburi beach.
The hotel group has already spent about a billion Kenya Shillings up to now on room and public areas upgrades and refurbishments and the present work phase now leaves just 90 of the overall 338 rooms and suites to be completed.
At the last hotel ranking was the resort inexplicably only awarded four stars, causing some consternation and questions marks by industry observers but it is expected that after all the rooms have been refurbished and upgraded, at the next round a full five star ranking will be awarded to Sarova’s coastal flagship property.
The coast tourism industry, following the launch two days ago of the Blu Panorama charter flights from Milan to Mombasa, showed signs of renewed market confidence though the upcoming general and presidential elections on the 08th of August are still looming large on the horizon of the sector.

Capacity Building Opportunities at ATA’s Tourism Conference

Corporate Council on Africa #ATA41 News Updates

As part our Capacity building initiative, ATA and partners will deliver training to SMEs and policy makers at the conference.

CCA’s 41st Annual World Tourism Conference

Opportunities for SME’S

‘Boost Your Business’ is a training initiative, developed by Facebook and facilitated by Digify Africa, designed to train and upskill small business owners on how to leverage digital tools to grow their businesses.

As part of our Capacity Building initiative, ATA is working with Facebook to deliver training to SMEs in Kigali on August 26, 2017 at 1pm. The training is being hosted by and will be held at the Kigali Serena Hotel. In addition to local SMEs,attendance is open to conference attendees.

To attend the ‘Boost Your Business’ session, please email conference

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