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TICAD, adds to Kenya’s high profile events

Kenya’s positive profile continues to rise as all is set for the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) scheduled to run from 27th to 28th August 2016 in Nairobi. The event to take place at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) brings together over 5,000 delegates from across the globe. It will be the
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Kenyan athletes raise destination profile

National Olympic of Kenya (Nock) President Dr. Kipchoge Keino has lauded Kenyan athletes for their immense contribution in the marketing of the country as a destination to visit. He said international sporting activities have placed the country on the global map and appealed to the sports men and woman to continue with their spirit of
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Kenya’s tourism fair gets global attention

Kenya is profiling Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) as a-must attend show in the region. At its sixth edition, the show is hosting travel trade buyers and media from about 40 countries across the globe. It has also been identified as one of the Key East African Tourism Platform, and therefore an impetus to the
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TOURISM SECTOR ON UPWARD TRAJECTORY

TOURISM SECTOR ON UPWARD TRAJECTORY AS INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS REGISTER GROWTH IN FIRST QUARTER 2016  Nairobi June 6, 2016…Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says international arrivals for the period January to April 2016 hit 263,284 compared to 231, 038 in 2015. The increase in arrivals for the period under review was attributed to mitigation measures including
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Bomas of Kenya General Manager Ahamed Quresh, KICC A.g CEO MS Nana Gechaga and KTB A.g CEO  Jacinta Nzioka-Mbithi at the coastal Tourism stakeholders forum in Mombasa.

Kenyan coast to forge a common

Front on beach management Counties in the coastal Kenya are rooting for a common law on beach management to guard the beach product that has been a key attraction of tourists to the region. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said already Kwale County has developed the bill and appealed to other counties to replicate it.
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Coastal Kenya roots for Honey moon showcase

Hoteliers have been advised to take advantage of duty free importation of hotel refurbishment materials to give a facelift to their properties. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says regular improvement of accommodation facilities was a global acceptable trend that will put hospitality sector on the expected standards. The CS made the remarks yesterday evening when
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It is all systems go for the 2016 Magical Kenya Expo

Over 35 countries expected to attend More than 170 hosted buyers representing over 35 countries from Kenya’s key source markets in Europe, Asia, Americas, Africa and the Middle East are expected to grace the sixth edition of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo 2016. This year’s MKTE will be held from 12th to 14th October 2016
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South African market promising

Market expected to gain a 20% growth Kenya is targeting to increase the flow of tourists from South Africa by 20% at the close of the year as Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) kicks off campaigns including training of over 300 tour operators on tourism products that country has to offer. “We are riding on the
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Rebranded National Reserve adds to attractions in the north rift tourism circuit

North rift tourism circuit known for athletics has taken tourism diversity a notch higher with the re-opening of rebranded Rimoi National Reserve. The Reserve that has long been ignored has been given a facelift through rebranding, fencing and with additional wildlife species including Zebras and giraffes. The County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet has undertaken the
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Balala outlines country’s strides on wildlife conservation

Kenya is set to dispose the largest ivory Stockpile to demonstrate its valueless nature Kenya has made commendable strides on her wildlife conservation efforts despite the challenges of poaching. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says enhanced awareness, among the communities along the parks, national reserves and sanctuaries on how to co-exist with wildlife was bearing fruits
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Mrs Fatuma Hirsi Mohammed , PS Tourism’ is joined by Daudinn Haji , Ministry of Tourism , left  and Wausi Walya of KTB  (left)  to receive some of the awards Kenya was recognized for at the 23rd edition of the world Travel Awards.

Kenya bags WTA awards

Diani and Maasai Mara retain top positions as Africa’s best Kenya has again shot into global limelight after bagging five top travel awards in a ceremony to recognize the travel industry players.  The 23rd annual World Travel Awards (WTA), Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands Gala Ceremony held at the Diamond La Gemma Hotel in
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Mrs Fatuma Hirsi Mohammed , PS Tourism’ is joined by Daudinn Haji , Ministry of Tourism , left  and Wausi Walya of KTB  (left)  to receive some of the awards Kenya was recognized for at the 23rd edition of the world Travel Awards.

KTB voted Africa’s best the fifth time

The marketing agency is credited for putting destination on the global map amidst challenges the country has been facing in the recent past Kenya’s tourism marketing agency Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has been voted Africa’s leading tourist Board for the fifth year running beating Egyptian Tourist Authority, Gambian Tourism Board and Ghana Tourism Authority respectively.
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British government to lift travel advisory to Lamu Island

The British government could soon lift travel advisory to Manda and Lamu Island following security improvement in Lamu County. On 29th March 2016, Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala and Lamu county governor Issa Timammy led tourism stakeholders in lobbying for the lifting of travel advisories during a tourism sector meeting held in Lamu and
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Government unveil programs to improve beach tourism product

The government in partnership with the industry players will soon launch beach product improvement initiatives in light of charter incentives that are expected to increase visitation to the Kenyan coast. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says his Ministry will closely work with that of Environment, county governments and the private sector in giving a face-lift
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More incentives for tourism sector

Visa fee for children waived, park fee reduced The government has waived visa fee for children less than 16 years of age beginning next month as part of the strategy to recover the tourism sector. Park fee will also be capped at 60 USD down from 90 US dollars for the financial year 2016/17. The
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Balala launches SMS campaign to woo in domestic tourists

The Ministry of Tourism has launched a Kshs 30 million SMS campaign to woo in domestic travelers as part of its recovery strategy. At the same time, the government will soon be unveiling a collaborative strategy on tourism promotion with the county governments to enhance tourism product diversity in the country. Speaking during the SMS
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Cruise tourism picks up in Kenya

Improved security in the Indian Ocean waters attributed to the recovery Kenya’s prospect for cruise tourism is looking up with 3,196 cruise tourists being received in the country last year. The noticeable improvement of security in the Indian Ocean waters has been singled out as a major encouragement for the tour operators selling cruise tourism
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Publication ranks Kenya world’s Top 10 destination to visit

Kenya has been named one of the world’s top 10 destinations to visit in 2016. Rough Guides, an acclaimed United Kingdom travel publication ranked Kenya ninth globally and first in Africa owing to its world famous national parks, white sandy beaches and rich cultural heritage. The publication is a travel guide book by Penguin Random
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France lifts Travel advisory to Kenyan coast

The French government has lifted travel advisory against Mombasa and Malindi, signaling good news for travelers from the country visiting the region during the festive season. French Ambassador to Kenya Remi Marechaux said that following a review on security measures the government has put in place within the coastal region, the French citizens are no
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Charter airlines to Kenya coast get incentives

The government has set aside Kshs 1.2billion Charter Incentive Programme (CIP) for Kenya aimed at recovering lost business from tourist charters. Landing fees for all charter aircraft terminating at the Kenyan coast have been waived for a period of 30 months beginning from 1st January 2016 to 30th June 2018. A passenger subsidy of USD
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A Simplified eVisa System Guide

1. Why the eVisa Most Governments world over are moving towards digitization of their operations. Online application makes it possible for visitors to get their Visa in advance hence removing the anxiety of whether one will be able will get it or not at the point of entry 2. The Online Application is complicated The
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