VAT exemption for locally assembled tourist vehicles as hoteliers get credit facility

Kenya starts VAT exemption for locally assembled tourist vehicles as hoteliers get credit facility

The Kenyan government has allocated Sh2.7 billion to boost the tourism sector in this year’s budget where Sh1 billion will be used for full sector recovery, Sh1billion for sustaining new markets. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich says the move is aimed at encouraging tourist operators to buy vehicles locally at a lower cost. “The tourism […]

Filming 'Game of Thrones' where winter never comes

‘Game of Thrones’ filmed in Morocco

 The southern Moroccan town of Ouarzazate and its surrounding areas have been home to several international TV and film productions, including scenes for the global hit “Game of Thrones.” In this scene from the 10th episode of the third series of the TV show, the character Daenerys Targaryen is a princess living in exile — […]

Kenya: Islamist fears may dip TPS Eastern Africa hotel group profits

Islamic unrest continues affect Kenyan tourism industry

Photo©vastkenya.com Kenyan hotelier TPS Eastern Africa said it expects its profit for 2014 to fall by at least a quarter, mainly due to frequent attacks by Islamists that scared off tourists. The attacks caused Western governments to warn their citizens against visiting Kenya, sending tourism, one of Kenya’s top foreign exchange earner, into a slump. […]

Regional Airlines Merge as Somali Airspace Draws Competition

Regional Airlines Merge as Somali Airspace Draws Competition

Daallo Airlines staff usher in passengers from Jeddah after their airline, Daallo Airlines operated by Air Mediterranee, arrived at the Aden Abdule International Airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, February 17, 2015. NAIROBI— Regional carriers Daallo Airlines and Jubba Airways profited independently for years in one of the world’s toughest markets, competing on routes to war-torn […]

Ethiopian Airlines: African govts’ failure to implement single air transport market damaging sector

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, speaking at the CAPA World Aviation Summit, said (21-Nov-2014) African governments’ collective failure to implement a single air transport market is damaging aviation growth on the continent. He said indigenous African airlines’ market share of international traffic in and out of the continent was currently 20%, a drastic decline from […]

Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Provided by WSJ

Lake Bunyonyi getting on the world map

It would be hard to imagine a more picture-perfect body of water than Lake Bunyonyi, in southwestern Uganda. A flooded valley system not far from the Rwandan border, it is stippled with small hummock-like islands and surrounded by hills carpeted in terraced fields. Most visitors come here post-safari, after gorilla-trekking in nearby hills. Lake Bunyonyi […]

Three EAC States to use joint visa from January

Joint East Africa visa from January

East African Community member states, except Tanzania and Burundi, will from next January begin using a common tourist visa.

This was announced by Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Phyllis Kandie, Uganda Tourism and Wildlife minister Agnes Egunyo and Rwanda’s High Commissioner to UK William Nkurunzi at […]