May 27, 2009

Investors cry for by-pass to South Coast

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 12:05 pm

Improved transport network in Ukunda and Diani would spur growth of towns in the towns. Hoteliers say the tourist haven of the South Coast, currently recording a paltry 30% hotel occupancy, could fully realise its pontential if the government builds the proposed Dongo-Kundu by-pass to the South Coast.

The likoni ferry crossing had negatively affected  tourism in the region.Tourists are delayed for more than two hours at the Likoni ferry on their way to the Moi International Airport.If the by-pass is built Diani would emerge as the tourist destination of choice at the Coast if the Government develops the neglected Ukunda Arstrip into an International Airport.

Diani has pristine beaches ans exclusive resorts but the problem is that the Infrastructure has not been developed in to march the growth in tourism.

May 26, 2009

The pain of budget cut in Tourism

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 11:00 am

Players in the tourism industry await hard choices for the financial year 2009/2010.The tourism budget for 2009/2010 could be slashed a lot more than creativity will be needed to market Kenya as a tourist destination as numbers fall due to the global financial crisis.

Marketing strategies by Kenya Tourist Board will suffer a major blow. In 2008 Sh.1.1 billion was spend to promote tourism, it was funded by the government and donors who came in to help restore the countries glory after the post election violence battered the Industry.

In 2009/2009 financial year the tourism industry was allocated Sh.400 million.The expected 70% in the 2009/2010 budget will slow the the operations in the industry. Kenya Tourist Board had scheduled a number of events to boost domestic tourism which has kept the industry going in the crisis.

The ministry has held a couple of events, one recently concluded event involved partnering with Kenya Airways to bring together about 150 tour operators and journalists across the continent.

May 25, 2009

Rhino Charge

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 10:20 am

The Rhino Charge is an annual off road motor sport competition that has been held in Kenya since 1989. It is a unique and exciting competition that requires bravery and a high level of skill in off-road driving and navigation. The event is held to raise funds for a very noble cause – conservation of Kenya’s Aberdare Ecosystem.

The Rhino Charge is an off-road event in which competitors are required to visit 13 points scattered over approximately 100 square kms of rough terrain within a 10 hour period. Competitors are supplied with a 1:50,000 scale map of the venue, co-ordinates of the 13 Control Points and their Start position (at one of the Controls).

Each competitor must plot the Control Points on the map and decide his/her route. Navigation is by compass/GPS and the winner is the competitor who visits the most controls in the shortest distance (GPS measured).

Each team brings its own 4WD vehicle, and competitors are given the locations of “guard posts” in the bush. They head off into the wilds around and the team that covers the least distance to get to all the posts is the winner.

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