Kenya Airways offers 14 hours direct flight from Nairobi to New York

Kenya Airways will offer the fastest connection from East Africa to the USA, with a 15-hour flight westbound and 14 hours eastbound. This was revealed yesterday when the national carrier launched bookings for the inaugural flight from Nairobi to John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York in USA slated for October 28, 2018. Economy class […]

Kenya tourism earnings rise to Sh120 billion with more arrivals

Kenyan Tourism: 20% rise in 2017 driven by more arrivals and increased domestic tourism

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala (2nd right) during a press conference in his office on February 8, 2018. He said Kenya’s tourism sector has improved after the country recorded a 20.3 percent growth last year to post earnings of Sh120 billion despite the long electioneering period. Strategies to revive Kenya’s tourism sector bore fruit after […]

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 […]

‘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 — […]

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

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 […]