Kenya safari experience, Encounter Mara has launched two special offers targeting guests hoping to experience the spectacular Masai Mara during the popular Christmas period. These offers include a free hot air balloon ride during which guests will glimpse the stunning Masai Mara from the air.
Following the recent appointment of Danson Mwazo as the new tourism minister for Kenya, Breaking Travel News takes a look at some of the latest initiatives that look set to position the leading African nation as a premier tourism destination in 2012.
The Kenya Tourism Board is expected to release details of its newly appointed minister of tourism in the next few days, following a cabinet reshuffle that resulted in the popular Najib Balala being sacked from his post as minister after a dispute with his ODM party Chairman and prime minister Raila Odinga.
One of the leading newspapers of Kenya, “The Star,” has come out with nothing less than praise for the Carnaval International de Victoria, the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival hosted this year by Seychelles and La Reunion Islands.
Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania delegation at 19th session of UNWTO General Assembly in Korea sign joint declaration on insecurity and piracy situation along Indian Ocean.
Kenya tourism minister Najib Balala has assured visitors the government is in control of security in the northern coastal regions of the country. In an open letter, Balala said the government was working closely with British, French and international authorities to ensure that acts of piracy are stopped and hostages are released.
Officials at the Kenya Ministry of Tourism are attempting to quell a growing crisis in the sector after two kidnappings in coastal areas near Somalia prompted the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office to advise against travel to the region. In the latest attack, Marie DeDieu, a French citizen, was abducted from a private residence in Manda Island on Saturday.
The Foreign Office (FCO) has changed its travel advice to British tourists visiting Kenya following two recent attacks on Westerners staying at beach front properties.
A former employee of the Kiwayi Safari Village in Kenya has appeared in court in connection with the kidnapping and murder of British tourists last week.
Officials in Kenya have drafted extra police and soldiers into the area where a British holidaymaker was shot and killed and his wife kidnapped. David and Judith Tebbutt were staying at the luxury Kiwayu Safari Village when the incident occurred on September 10th.
Officials in Kenya have moved to reassure visitors the drought sweeping the Horn of Africa is not having an impact on tourism in the country. Leah Gwiyo, permanent secretary, ministry of tourism, said visitor numbers were “impressive” in some regions despite the lack of rainfall.
The Kenya Government has confirmed that the cost of a single entry tourist visa to Kenya will remain at £20 ($25) for all visitors to the country until July 1st 2011. The waiver on the visa fee for children under the age of 16 years will remain in force for the same period.