Monday, March 10, 2008

Kenya Easter Tourism Expo

Compared to last year’s expo, the first tourism expo of the year at Sarit Center had fewer stands, foreign exhibitors, and focus was on getting domestic tourists to rediscover the usual haunts.

You have to salute the industry for going ahead and trying to rebuild after two months of violence wiped out a decade of steady growth. While they were advertising Easter packages (discounts of about 10% if booked at the fair), their goal was to get the sector back on track in the long term.

Here are a few of the offerings still have a bias for the Coast;

- Holiday Homes Kenya, a network of fully staffed private homes for holiday.
– New Man Eaters Camp by Voi Wildlife Lodge at the site of the infamous man eating lions that terrorized railways builders in 1898
- Mombasa Continental hotel (former intercontinental hotel) opened in December 07 (days before election) has introductory rates valid up to December 20, 2008
- Wild Waters theme park in Nyali - which closed in January when the tourists left, but reopened over the weekend (March 9)

– Jacaranda Beach flying package from Nairobi for East Africa residents for Kshs. 22,400 (inclusive of 2 nights)
- Kenya Bay Beach Hotel has these prices for 2008; Kshs. 3,700 (up to April 30), Kshs. 3200 up to June 30, and Kshs. 3,500 (July up to December 31) (all half board, per person sharing)– lock in these low rates for the rest of the yeat before the tourism prices pick up
Sun n Sand no special offers, but the hotel is still a favorite for state and private sector retreats at the coast, so may not struggle

Wildlife safaris
- Discover Wilderness has flying packages to the Mara (keekorok) and Samburu for Kshs. 24,950 per night and Kshs. 11,950 for extra night – (includes 3 game drives, full board valid up June 30)
- Serena have flying package to the Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, (2 nights, 2 game drives at 40,000 pp)

- Kenya Wildlife Services: who have self catering bandas in Amboseli, Tsavo and Mt. Kenya as well as Homa Bay, Marsabit, Mt. Elgon, Malindi and Kisite-Mpunguti (Kwale)
- Nairobi's Silver Springs Hotel has two new sister premises in Sangare Tented Camp and Green Hills Hotel in Nyeri

- Discovered some ‘truths’ behind Fly 540 airline: low special offers; that $79 Entebbe and Juba $199 fare to Juba re one way and translate to $135 and $279 after the hefty taxes on both routes. So a round trip to Entebbe costs $270 while Nairobi-Juba and back is $558
- Air Kenya with their point to point flights are the best way for a tourists to avoid Kenya’s roads and get around in as little time as possible – so you can fly from Mombasa to Masai Mara, Mombasa-Kilimanjaro, fly from Nairobi to Lewa , from Samburu to Masai Mara etc.
- Virgin Atlantic have $425 Nairobi to London and $829 fares to Los Angeles or San Francisco

not at the trade fair, but in the news over the weekend
Lewa marathon sponsored by Safaricom is open for registration up to 23/5
- Vipingo Ridge, a housing estate/golf course under development in Kilifi (40km north of Mombasa) by Rea Vipingo was a sponsor at the Kenya Open Golf Course. Some plots of land are still available but not much info is online yet about it.


Anonymous said...

first didnt get the chance to post on kenol agm, didnt attend...
second.. nic got 57 % of solid for 231 million. i think that might be a tad over valued. more at the panderosa.
third... tourism stil remains too expensive for most kenyan who are treated as an after thought by industry. in west only those who save religiously am are rich go on holiday. the rest just watch tv and guzzle beer and nyama choma for a holiday like the rest of us.

E-Nyce said...

In a past post, someone predicted the tourism industry is dead for maybe 2 years. It makes me cry but I don't see any indicators to debunk that idea. That 10% "discount" is pathetic, put mildly.

Still, for folks like me that are wannabe Kenyans, I'm hoping my favorite NBO hotel will lower their rate, at least for "regular" (every few years) customers like me.

And please, God, let that Virgin Atlantic price of $425 Nairobi to London stay in place for the rest of the year...

carina said...

An interesting part of Mombasa is the characterful Old Town, with its narrow, winding alleyways and historic Swahili houses. Flying twice daily Monday - Friday and one flight on Saturday and one on Sunday, Airkenya Express have expanded their wings to Kenya's most popular Coastal town of Mombasa.

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