April 27, 2009

East Africa loses Allure For The Long-Haul Tourists

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:45 am

The white sandy beaches,wildlife and tropical climate of East Africa are losing their attraction for long distance visitors facing recession and unemployment as a result of global financial crisis.To the Europeans and North Americans,it is a remote and expensive destination,and one of the first to be dropped from holiday itineraries when money is tight.

Tourism is Kenya’s third -biggest earner of foreign exchange,behind horticulture and tea,and economists fear falling visitor numbers as a result of the downturn will hit earnings and damage local firms that provides jobs and keep people out of poverty.Tourism was also affected by the post election violence a year ago where many tourists postponed or even canceled their trip to Kenya where we suffered a loss of 30.5 percent to 729,000.

Aggressive marketing at home and abroad has failed to stem the slide in the face of the world economic slowdown.Kenya’s largest group of holiday makers 42.3percent comes from Europe but this fell by 46.7 percent,thus making Kenya to cut the tourist visa fee to try to defend it’s market share

April 24, 2009

Global Crunch Hits Kenya’s Tourism

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:13 am

The number of tourist visiting Kenya this year went down after the election violence and the experienced global crunch where most hotels have recorded low bookings .Most potential foreign tourists are reportedly scouting for cheaper destinations as the economic crisis takes its toll, the latest World Travel Market (WTM) has discovered.

According to the WTM , nearly 65 per cent of tourists are now considering cheaper holiday destinations for the next 12 months in a bid to beat the crunch.Close to 65 per cent of many tourists will be switching to cheaper holiday destinations over the next 12 months so as to beat the crunch.

It was reported that the credit crunch was an indicator that the development of tourism would continue to be driven by the attitudes of consumers in the source markets.This might be true as local tour operators said recently that the financial crunch had continued to sink its teeth into the world economies, forcing consumers to resort to scouting for affordable destinations.

It is high time for Kenyan authorities to read the signs of the times by hatching a plan such as to lower its entry fees to its national parks in order to get a share from tourists who are shifting goals.Our disadvantage is that our products seem to be expensive even in the wake of the global economic slowdown, yet we don`t have a national carrier all these factors will deny us to tape our share on the global tourism market.

Nearly 60 per cent of total travel package normally goes to air tickets, which means Kenya, with no airline, loses over half of its revenue to international airlines, he noted.Other mitigation should be to lower landing fees and ground handling charges for tourists and international flights during the recession period so as to attract tourists.(Guardian)

April 23, 2009

The Fraternal Cats

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 1:01 pm

For years many have not been able to tell the leopard from the cheetah apart one could easily mistake the two at a glance. Leopard descendants of the Carnivorous known as the Miacids is very large, muscular predator, weighing 100kg and even more,more powerful than the cheetah with spots which are rosette in shape,covering the whole body as well as the face.

They have white eye-linings at the bottom of the eyes that assists its vision at night by amplifying light which is reflected off objects around it, into the eyes.Just like a “true cat,” all of its claws are fully retractable.

Cheetah is a tall and slender build with quite small i head in relation to its body,when compared to leopard, making the it more stream-lined.when compared to leopard, making the cheetah more stream-lined.Their nostrils are large in size to allow maximum oxygen in-take for their muscles, while running at high speeds with quite flat tails towards the end acting as a rudder to balance it while running.

Instead of having rosette shaped spots, they have single large spots (like thumb prints), covering the whole body. The front of face has very few spots and is more a light brown colour,with black “tear lines” which run from the eyes down to the sides of the mouth.Since they hunt during the day, the black “tear lines” help absorb light, to prevent a blinding effect from the bright sunlight.

The cheetah can only retract its dew claw. The dew claw is hooked onto an animal that it’s hunting to try pull it down. The rest of the claws are non-retractable, just like dogs, giving the Cheetah better grip on the ground while running both of them are found in Africa.

A jaguar is native to South America while Leopards are native to the plains of Africa. The jaguar has a shorter, stalkier build than their African cousins.the jaguar tends to have small rosettes with spots in the middle of its coat but the leopard just has plain rosettes with them becoming more like spots as they become closer to the face.

There are more distinct differences in the build of these two cats. The jaguar has an overall more muscular build. The body is compact, and the legs are more stocky than the more graceful leopard. The jaguar’s head is also more stocky, with a larger looking jaw and an overall more square appearance to the face..

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