Air Seychelles partners with STB and Hilton Hotels to promote the new Duesseldorf flights


(Posted 27th March 2017)

A group of influential German travel media representatives met with Roy Kinnear, the Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles and Mrs. Sherin Francis, Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board yesterday to find out more about the new Air Seychelles twice-weekly nonstop Dusseldorf flights and offering of destination Seychelles for German tourists. The group is composed of: Thomas Biniossek – Westfälische Nachrichten, Jürgen Grosche – Rheinische Post, Meike Nordmeyer – Westdeutsche Zeitung, Jörg Pasemann – Breitengrad53, Lothar Petzold – Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung and is accompanied by Thomas Kötter, Media Relations Manager Düsseldorf Airport.

During the familiarization trip the media was introduced to the beauty of destination Seychelles and all the attractions and activities it offers. The German media team is hosted by the Hilton Hotels at their properties in Mahe and Silhouette and will be flying over to Praslin on one of the Air Seychelles Twin Otter flights, as well as visiting La Digue, the archipelago’s third most populated island.
The group is scheduled to depart on the Air Seychelles inaugural flight to Dusseldorf this Thursday, 30th of March.

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Kili Fair 2017 – Have you booked your stand yet?

Kili Fair – 2nd to 4th June 2017
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2nd to 4th June 2017

Highlights and Activities of KILIFAIR 2017 include:

  • 300+ Exhibitors from Kenya, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda
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Seychelles President set for State Visit to Kenya


(Posted 27th March 2017)

President Danny Rollen Faure will on April 03rd and 04th visit Kenya in his first State visit to East Africa’s largest economy.
Ties between the two countries have for long been cordial if not outright friendly, given the support the Seychelles has extended in fighting and exterminating piracy in the Indian Ocean waters, which also affected tourism, in particular cruises and trade in Kenya.
Kenya’s national airline Kenya Airways flies presently four times a week between Nairobi and Mahe, the main island of the archipelago, providing crucial connectivity between the two countries from the entire KQ network in Africa and beyond.
Cruises, a market Kenya is very keen to develop, regularly come from the Seychelles to Mombasa, or sail vice versa and an MoU has been signed some time ago between Kenya Tourism and Seychelles tourism to promote two centre holidays.

Ban Ki-moon honoured as tourism champion by UNWTO


Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon honored as champion of tourism

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Emirates does an Airbus A380 ‘Triple’


(Posted 26th March 2017)

Emirates, Dubai’s award winning national airline, today launched three new Airbus A380 destinations, expanding their global sky superhighway substantially.
Tokyo Narita, Casablanca and finally Sao Paulo pushed the number of worldwide destinations served by the largest commercial fleet of Airbus A380 to 49, now just one short of the half century mark. Emirates now operates 94 of the largest passenger aircraft in the skies and has a further 48 on order.
For Sao Paulo it was a double celebration as the airline commenced flights to this Brazilian city ten years ago.
On all three routes does the A380 replace the Boeing B777, now offering a passenger capacity of 515 seats in First Class, Business Class and Economy class besides a cargo uplift of up to 8 tons.
Notably does Emirates grant extra baggage allowances to passengers with those in First Class qualifying to check in 50 kgs, those in Business Class 40 kgs and even economy class passengers to check in 35 kgs.
None of the new destinations has joined the US and UK directives that passengers cannot carry their laptops on board as they very likely recognized these two countries are playing politics with aviation security and in particular the US lashing out at Arab countries after the regime twice lost their attempted travel bans in federal courts.
In East Africa does Emirates serve Entebbe / Uganda with daily flights, operates two flights a day to Nairobi – and intends to add a third frequency by mid year – and finally Dar es Salaam which is also served daily, all with Boeing B777 aircraft. The new A380 destinations now offer additional chances for travelers from the three East African countries to experience the comforts on board where in particular premium passengers enjoy unparallelled luxury.

The Kampala Serena Hotel, growing bigger and better …


(Posted 25th March 2017)

(A aerial view of the Kampala Serena’s pool and Maisha Health Club and Spa)

When by mid May the new rooms and suites are handed over by the contractors to the Kampala Serena Hotel’s management, will Kampala be in for a surprise – so much can be said already at this stage.
The 36 Suites and Executive Rooms, include a yet to be named second senior Presidential Suite, which will be larger, more luxurious and provide new levels of comfort to Serena’s top rated VVIP clientele.

The ‘Royal Suite‘ in the main hotel, named after H.M. The Queen Elizabeth II following her stay in Kampala during the Commonwealth Summit of 2007, will on opening of the new facility become the hotel’s number two as the latest trends in technology, equipment, security and furnishings have been incorporated in the country’s largest such suite. This new showcase will no doubt become Uganda’s top hospitality offering. Be it Heads of State, Heads of Fortune 500 companies, the who is who of high finance, movers and shakers and of course the stars of the entertainment industry from Hollywood to Nollywood to Bollywood, this will be their place to be as there simply will is no better anywhere in the country – and I say that after a sneak preview a few days ago during which the taking of pictures was not quite yet on the cards.

All other rooms in the new wing will also be larger and again include the latest technologies and layouts, for sitting rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Overall will the number of rooms rise from the present 152 to 188, also reflecting the growth in demand the hotel has experienced over the past 11 years since it opened under this leading East African brand.


The upgrading and expansion of the Kampala Serena is in line with what is happening in other city hotels of the group, which is generally seen as East Africa’s market leader, in terms of service, market standing but also the sheer number of properties in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique and of course Uganda.

Kigali’s expansion was completed some time ago already and now it is the Dar es Salaam Serena where only last week the new restaurants and public areas were unveiled, reflecting much of the coastal architecture and designs for which this part of East Africa is so famous for.

In Nairobi too is a major refurbishment and expansion underway and again is Serena upping the game in the face of all the new competition which has sprung up over the past years and is still pushing into the Kenyan capital.

In Kampala is Carlson Rezidor set to open a Quorvus Collection branded hotel – which took its owners over 11 years of construction and then some, the same time the Serena has been in operation by the way – before CR came onboard with their expertise to put finishing touches to it and move it to the verge of opening. Yet, the Kampala Serena Hotel will be ready for the new kid on the block, not just in terms of room offerings but also vis a vis a very refined food and service concept which can be experienced in the various F&B outlets.

Only a few days ago was the Pearl of Africa restaurant, a repeated award winner as Kampala’s best fine dining venue, chosen to host the ‘Gout de France‘ dinner which was celebrated around the world in 2.000 venues with 2.000 menus.
Chef Raphael, seen above proudly displaying the certificates awarded to the hotel and restaurant, and his team, including Sommelier Celestine, were suitably acknowledged by their French and other guests who received a culinary firework paired with great wines. Add to all that the hospitality extended by Restaurant Manager Faussy and her team and you truly have a winning combination.

(The YouTube interview with them can be seen here:

But excellence in cuisine does not end here. The Kampala Serena partakes in national and regional food competitions, stages regular international food festivals and is often host to guest chefs who come to Uganda from their home 5 star hotels and even Michelin rated restaurants. When at the Kampala Serena they orchestrate the high art of culinary perfection, train the local chefs in the process and delight patrons with taste bud busting creations, be it at the Pearl of Africa, the Lakes or the Explorer.

(The outside terrace of ‘The Mist‘ cocktail bar where preferred drinks and snacks are served)

I will in due course narrate my dining experiences at the Kampala Serena Hotel, one being a superb meal at the Pearl of Africa venue where Chef Raphael offered me a choice of a la carte or else their regular workday table d’hote menu. I settled for the latter, which proved to be an excellent three course meal served in the space of one hour and a bit, perfect for top executives who are looking for a lunch venue of this kind where food excellence and service speed are a match.
My other meal was breakfast at the Lakes and indulging again by having an Egg Benedict, expertly prepared but here too, more about it in a few days or weeks, as I catch up with my writing and finish other assignments.

Meanwhile though will my eyes be glued to the calendar when sometime towards mid May the new Kampala Serena extension will open up and the attention of the contractor can then shift towards the completion of a new champagne bar and a new Executive Lounge on the 6th floor of the hotel.
Guests with a sudden craving for a Kir Royale or a glass of pink or golden bubbly will not be disappointed as Sommelier Celestine is already preparing a new section in his cellar just for that outlet.

The new lounge according to usually well informed sources, will add another dimension of hospitality for Serena’s loyal clientele.
Regular Serena guests with loyalty cards, or those who are booked into the various suites, will experience an oasis of serene tranquility, in spacious and contemporary surroundings where across the day snacks and light meals will be on complimentary offer. From breakfast to lunch to high tea and pre dinner hors d’ oeuvres will those using the facility be able to still a sudden peckish feeling and a lounge concierge will be at the service of the guests with almost no task considered impossible. There may even be a daily happy hour for guests, perhaps with the General Manager or key members of his team making an appearance to interact with guests, or maybe there will be a once a week GM’s cocktail for his premium guests … time will tell so stay tuned to this site.

All of it again shows that Serena not only maintains high service standards but is constantly pushing the envelope further, incorporating the latest trends in the hospitality industry and giving value for money to their loyal guests because service is at the very heart of Serena’s corporate philosophy.

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Kenya’s Jacinta Nzioka joins World Tourism Forum’s Advisory Board


(Posted 25th March 2017)

Kenya Tourism’s Director of Marketing, Mrs. Jacinta Nzioka, has been selected to join the Advisory Board of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne. East Africa’s tourism fraternity was quick to extend congratulations to Jacinta who has been a key instrumental player in the revival of Kenya’s tourism industry, first in the 2008 to 2011 period and more recently again after the industry suffered a downturn caused by such events as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a creeping global economic crisis and other contributory factors.

Since its launching in 2009, the World Tourism Forum has been professionally supported by an international Advisory Board. Several prominent new names have joined this consultative body of late. The most recent appointment is Jacinta Nzioka of the Kenya Tourism Board who has become the Advisory Board’s newest member.
The World Tourism Forum Lucerne will take place in central Switzerland for the fifth time from 04th to 05th of May. Within the framework of the Forum’s global orientation and expansion, an international Advisory Board has been supporting the event since its launch in 2009.
Now have six new members joined the Forum’s Advisory Board. With their touristic insight and expertise, they are assisting in the planning and staging of this year’s event. Aboulfas Garayev Culture and Tourism Minister Azerbaijan, Isabel Hill Director National Travel & Tourism Office, US Dept. of Commerce, Michael Kerkloh President & CEO Munich Airport, Simon Lehmann President Phocuswright, Jacinta Nzioka Director of Marketing Kenya Tourism Board and Manfred Schoenleben CEO TMC Partners.
Reto Wittwer, Chairman of the Advisory Board, said when making the announcements: ‘We provide professional advice and assistance to the World Tourism Forum Lucerne and we often act as a "door opener". Through the extensive expertise and know-how of our members, we ensure that the Forum is always in touch with the changing times. It is due to the commitment and networking excellence of the Advisory Board’s members that the Forum has in recent years been able to position itself as a globally relevant tourism platform." The members of the international Advisory Board represent a wide range of travel and tourism sectors. This multi-sectoral make-up ensures that emerging destinations also have their place at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne as well as global concerns and locally based service providers. After a detailed talent search process, Jacinta Nzioka, Director of Marketing of the Kenya Tourism Board, has just been appointed as the 24th member and the first representative from Africa in the Advisory Board. As Director of Marketing of the Kenya Tourism Board Jacinta Nzioka has excellent knowledge in tourism marketing and is highly experienced in the field of community-based tourism and sustainable development‘.
Jacinta Nzioka then responded saying: ‘Kenya is a key player in tourism in Africa and one of the global leaders in sustainable tourism. Through my seat on the Advisory Board of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne, I am offered an ideal opportunity to share and deepen my personal know-how and experience with like-minded professionals. For me this is an excellent chance to contribute actively to the future success and sustainability of tourism worldwide‘.
The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is an interdisciplinary professional platform which takes place annually, alternately in Lucerne, Switzerland and from next year in China. It offers decision-makers in business, politics, science and finance an overview of current topics and trends in the global tourism industry. It is also the only international platform which enables leading decision makers and emerging young talents in the industry to interact under the "Next Generation" designation.
The World Tourism Forum Lucerne is supported by an international Advisory Board under the chairmanship of Reto Wittwer.
The 5th World Tourism Forum Lucerne will take place from 04th to 05th of May. For added information click on

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