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David Scowsill Speech at Africa Hotel Investment Forum

Editor's Note: In the last two months, eTN has had the opportunity to attend three major global travel and tourism industry events.

Suspect in grenade attack shot dead in Nairobi

(eTN) - Reports just breaking from Nairobi speak of one suspect in the Eastleigh area of Nairobi being gunned down in a shootout with security operatives, who had cornered him.

Fly 540 and FastJet set to drop legal cases through negotiated...

(eTN) - Fly 540 and FastJet have dropped their mutual court action, which reflected widely different understandings and perceptions on the state of their agreements of cooperation and sale of shares.

UNEP’s upgrading to top UN status raises Nairobi’s world profile

(eTN) - Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi is now the home of the newly-upgraded United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEP), formerly known as the UN Environment Program.

NEMA suspends all projects in Amboseli area for a year

(eTN) - The conservation fraternity in Kenya welcomed the news that NEMA, the National Environmental Management Authority in Nairobi, has issued an order to halt any developments in the greater Ambose

Africa Hotel Investment Forum returns to the Nairobi Intercontinental

(eTN) - September 25 and 26 were given to this correspondent from a hospitality source at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi, when the hugely successful Africa Hotel Investment Forum will return fo

RwandAir resumes Mombasa stop for Dubai flights

(eTN) - Effective tomorrow RwandAir will re-launch their Mombasa stop for 3 of their 7 weekly flights between Kigali and Dubai.

Kenya Airways and RwandAir at verge of forming major partnership

(eTN) - Reliable sources from Nairobi have confirmed that a principal agreement has been reached between Kenya Airways (KQ) and RwandAir (WB), when KQ’s Dr.

EAC Heads of State to formally open new Namanga-Arusha Highway

(eTN) - Part of the official program for the upcoming East African Community Head of State Summit in Nairobi will be the formal launch of the new highway, which is linking Nairobi, via Namanga, to Aru

Convicted former tourism leaders start appeal hearing

(eTN) - Former Permanent Secretary Rebecca Nabutoola, former Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO Dr.

Kenya Airport Authority concedes terminal 4 may not be ready until...

(eTN) - Aviation sources in Nairobi are getting increasingly worried over the apparent delays in procurement for Terminal 4 furnishings and equipment, prolonging the worsening congestion of the Jomo K

Air traffic controllers on slow go in Nairobi

(eTN) - Breaking news are reaching from a source at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi that Air Traffic Control has inflicted a slow go on all traffic in and out of Kenya’s premier airpo

Kenya Airport Authority in desperate rush for short-term capacity solutions

(eTN) - A regular aviation source from Nairobi has confirmed that the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA), under immense pressure to complete ongoing construction and expansion work and then start with Proj

Kenya’s President Kibaki opens first superhighway

(eTN) - The brand new 8-lane highway, connecting Nairobi with the municipality of Thika, was yesterday formally commissioned by President Mwai Kibaki, under whose leadership the project was launched i

Gulf Air’s Nairobi route sadly not to be

(eTNB) - Following the question raised this morning about Gulf Air's Africa flights - to be or not to be, I can now confirm that effective November 13, the airline will suspend their flights between B

Tourists die on Mombasa-Nairobi Highway

(eTN) - Sad news just in from Mombasa confirms that two foreign tourists, of yet unknown nationality and names, have died alongside with their driver and another passenger, when a truck rammed into th

Work on Nairobi’s Airport rail link to start in 2013

(eTN) - Perennial traffic jams have turned the once swift journey to and from Nairobi’s International Airport into a nightmare, often compelling departing passengers to leave hours before their flig

Africa needs five-star hotel investments to raise its tourism profile

(eTN) - In a move to raise its tourism profile, Africa needs more five-star hotels that would attract high-class tourists and global competitiveness in the hospitality industry.

Africa in need of hotel investments

Competing to win a share in global tourist market, Africa is looking at best strategies to attract more investors in hotel industry during the forthcoming Africa Hotels Investment Forum (AHIF) which w

South African Tourism to open regional office in Nairobi

South African Tourism (SAT) plans to open a regional office in Nairobi during the 2013-2014 financial year, South African Tourism director for Domestic, Africa and Middle East, Phumi Ndlomo has disclo

Airport controversy threatens to spin out of control

(eTN) - The latest twist in the saga of Kenya airports, is now hitting the headlines in Nairobi, with allegations of a million dollar bribe having been given to an unnamed official, who subsequently t

Hotel grading in Tanzania set for second phase

TANZANIA (eTN) - When stakeholders in the hotels and accommodation establishments are set to meet in Nairobi next month in the first ever Africa Hotels Investment Forum (AHIF) to discuss the hotel inv

Shaping the future of tourism in COMESA

The theme of this historic event is “Shaping the Future of Tourism in COMESA,” and it is being organized with the support of the COMESA Business Council in partnership with the Kenya Investment Au

COMESA issues media statement ahead of sustainable tourism forum in Nairobi

(eTN) - The Lusaka-based headquarters of Africa’s largest trade block, COMESA (Common Market for Easter and Southern Africa), has today issued a media statement ahead of their first Sustainable Tour

US Embassy lifts staff travel ban to Mombasa

(eTN) - Information was confirmed yesterday that the US Embassy in Nairobi has lifted the travel ban imposed on all their staff – though that clearly did not affect the allegedly dozens of operative

Kenya tourism stakeholders accuse US of fueling hysteria

(eTN) - The announcement by the US Embassy in Nairobi, that they had “credible intelligence of an imminent attack on tartest in Mombasa” was taken a step further yesterday when all their personnel

Kenya tourism stands together to face aftermath of Nairobi incident

(eTN) - Key stakeholders from the private and public sector in Kenya, as well as association leaders, have stood up to be counted yesterday and condemned the criminal masterminds and perpetrators of t

Nairobi bomb blast may be another blow for tourism

(eTN) - According to a phoned-in report, while on the road in Kenya, just after 1:00 pm today, an explosion took place in a building along Moi Avenue in the center of Nairobi, injuring at least 27 peo

Nairobi to host top level hotel conference

Nairobi is preparing to host many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers for the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF).

African aviation training organization launched in Nairobi

(eTN) - Following 5 days of meetings in Kampala last week, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) moved on to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, where another series of seminars, workshops, and