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The increasingly competitive Kenyan Airspace is about to be squeezed further by a brand new budget airline offering international routes, initially to Johannesburg and London. OneJetOne, which is due to start active marketing and promotion next week, plans to begin an ambitious roll-out of new flights from late September this year, starting with routes on Airbus A320s and A330s from Nairobi to South Africa and the UK.
Seat prices, say OneJetOne CEO Arjun Ruzaik, will be cheaper than any current airlines servicing these routes.Mr Ruzaik, who was previously the CEO of charter airline Holiday Air and budget, scheduled airline Air South Asia, says costs will be kept down through using online booking only, passengers paying for food, and maximum efficiency in the deployment of staff.
The airline is currently recruiting for more than 40 vacancies with the new airline. On 1st February it opened a website, onejetone.com, and within the first two weeks has received nearly 5,000 sign-ups for job details, said Mr Ruzaik.
The airline’s opening coincides with both job cuts and reduced flights by some of the airlines currently operating out of Nairobi, giving OneJetOne a ready shot at top airline talent.
However, the budget airline will face its own challenges in ensuring profitability. Kenyan-owned, the airline is being financed by external investors, says Mr Ruzaik. The source and scale of funding have not yet been announced, but it is thought to originate from South-East Asia.
The aim, says the CEO, is that the company will move swiftly to offering flights connecting East Africa with other African destinations, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It’s motto, as it sets out on the first big road of marketing, is “fun to fly”.
But for the established airlines, OneJetOne’s arrival, and ambitions, may prove rather less than fun.
 

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OneJetOne is Kenya’s first domestic, regional and international low cost/budget airline set to launch at the end of September/early October 2009. The fleet will consist of Airbus A320 and A330, flying to and from our Nairobi hub, to all major cities in Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. OneJetOne’s priority is to ensure the personal safety of each customer and employee. Our mission is to provide the utmost quality of customer service provided with a sense of warmth, company spirit, friendliness and individual pride.
Our motto is ‘Fun to fly !’ therefore as OneJetOne takes off into the skies you can expect a fun experience, as our goal is to bring back the fun in flying. We aim to provide a fun service at a low cost, which enables you to fly more often.
A fundamental element of providing the highest quality of customer service and a stable work environment is low fares. In order to keep our fares low we must keep our costs low. As a result, we are committed to finding ways to lower our costs and increase our efficiency and quality.
"The Easiest, Safest and Surest way to fly"
Our objective is to keep costs low by eliminating the unnecessary costs and added extras which represent 'traditional/legacy’ airlines. This is done in a number of ways such as the use of internet and paperless operations to reduce distribution costs, maximising utilisation of aircrafts without compromising on safety, maintenance, security, customer service etc. Everybody always jokes about airline food, so why provide it if people don't want it? Eliminating free catering on-board reduces cost and unnecessary bureaucracy and management. It also portrays a significant difference between OneJetOne and other airlines and is a potent indication of our low-cost approach. However for those hungry birds, the option to purchase food on-board at an affordable price will be available.
With OneJetOne – Fun to fly ! We will deliver our objectives at an affordable price without compromising on safety, security, maintenance and excellent friendly customer service.
link http://www.onejetone.com/onejetone_aboutus.php
 

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Ambani group are advanced stage to build to classy hotels in nairobi

Indian firms scramble for a piece of Kenya

From left, Essar Energy managing director and CEO, Naresh Nayyar, Mr Philip Coulson a partner with Coulson Harvey Advocates and Treasury permanent secretary Joseph Kinyua during the signing ceremony of Essar’s 50 per cent acquisition of Kenya’s national oil refinery on July 31. Photo/MICHAEL MUTE



The Indian tigers have descended on Kenya and in the coming months, they may use it as a beachhead into the Great Lakes region. After reaping heavily in the supercharged Indian economy, the rupee billionaire investors are taking a sudden shine to a place with millions of potential customers.

For long painted as an out-and-out corrupt nation and branded an economic backwater, today Kenya — like the rest of Africa — is the new battle field for foreign corporates looking to expand their market.

The frenzy to capture the Kenyan market is now being witnessed in every sector of the economy ranging from manufacturing, telecoms to refineries.
Already, cement making, the hospitality industry and undoubtedly telecoms have attracted immense interest.

The multi-billion dollar Indian Sanghi Group is investing over Sh6 billion ($80 million) in a cement plant that should open Pokot, an arid area of Kenya, for development.

Its local subsidiary, Cemtech, with the support of a number of investors is investing in a one million tonne cement factory in Pokot. The Gujarati-based group’s outfit is set to be the second largest producer after Bamburi Cement, which controls over half the Kenyan market.

Cemtech says it will invest in renewable clean energy but has invited energy, agribusiness and irrigation investors around the plant.

Just like Sanghi Group, Indian-based conglomerate Mehta Group has intentions to set up a cement plant in the same area.

The group plans to put up a 1.2 million-metric tonne cement plant in West Pokot, to cost about $200 million (Sh15 billion) in a phased programme that will be scaled up depending on the available limestone deposits in the area.

Since last year, Mehta Group, through its cement company Glenn Investments Ltd has been busy with the groundwork for the project but analysts point at the intrigues of seeking to invest in the area where Cemtech expects to do its ground-breaking ceremony soon.

As the country reels from a debilitating power shortage, another Indian giant, Danke Electrical Power Group has intentions to manufacture and retrofit transformers and electrical equipment. It has already made its application to the Ministry of Energy.

In the modern economy (telecommunications sector) the scramble for Kenya started with the European mobile telephone giants, Vodafone and Orange but it is the recent furry by the Indian tigers that has livened the market.

“Kenya is proving increasingly attractive to global telecoms looking for growth opportunities outside saturated domestic markets,” Tata Communications managing director for Global Data Solutions, Claude Sassoulas, noted when signing a partnership agreement with AccessKenya that will see the Indian-based corporate make its entry into the African data market.


The Reliance Group associated with the Ambani brothers, joined the Kenyan fray in 2007 offering to pay Sh8 billion to acquire the Second National Operator licence. The entry never materialised after Reliance was forced to pay on equal term to the winning bid of Sh12 billion placed by the Dubai-based Vtel Holdings.

Reliance, with Bharti Airtel and the Tata Group had bid for a 51 per cent stake in monopoly Telkom Kenya but lost out to France Telecom’s Orange.

A lull followed until Essar Telecom brought out a 49 per cent stake in Econet Wireless International early 2008, opening India’s second largest mobile phone service providers to business in South Africa, Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

The Ambanis have not given up on Kenya; they are linked to the acquisition of plots next to the Grand Regency hotel, now Laico Regency, and in which Sh1.2 billion is said to have been returned.

The group is said to be in the advanced stages of building two classy hotels in Nairobi, one in Upperhill, after they missed out on the hotel and the parcel. A former CFC boss is reported to be running its Nairobi operation.

The Ruia brothers, Shashi and Ravi, who own the Essar Group have also descended on Kenya. As at early last year Essar had an indirect stake in Essar Telecom Kenya through its 49 per cent holding in parent company Econet Wireless Group.

The $17 billion Essar Group has now bought out Econet Wireless Kenya, becoming the major shareholder in Essar Telkom Kenya (with 80 per cent) and which operates under the yu brand.

Signalling an assault of the region’s telecoms market, Essar Group is also in talks with Warid Telecom, which owns GSM networks in Congo and Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire, to pick-up a substantial stake in the company.

Warid Telecom is a subsidiary of the Dubai-based Dhabi Group, controlled by the country’s royal family. Essar already owns a licence in Uganda to build a $200-million cellular phone network.

The Essar Group’s interest in telecom is well documented with its prime asset in India being its 33 per cent interest in Vodafone Essar Ltd, which is a joint venture with Vodafone Group Plc.

Vodafone Essar is one of India’s largest cellular service providers with 75 million subscribers.

In Kenya, besides Essar Telkom Kenya, it has a 50 per cent stake in Kenya’s oil refinery in Mombasa, having invested $600 million (Sh46 billion). It is expected to contribute generously to its modernisation and probable expansion to accommodate Uganda’s new oil wells.


Zain Kenya, which falls under the Kuwait-based telecom operator, is one of the operators that have attracted many Indian suitors. On July 20, Zain said it was reviewing a possible sale of its African operations ($10 billion) — excluding Morocco and Sudan — after French media and telecom conglomerate Vivendi broke off acquisition talks.

Shareholders of the telecom firm last week confirmed that they are selling a 46 per cent stake to India’s Vavasi Group and Malaysian billionaire Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary. The transaction attracts a stake value of $13.74 billion.

State-owned Indian telcos BSNL and MTNL (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd) were also in discussions about joining the consortium.

The Khorafi Group confirmed that it is selling its 11 per cent stake in Zain.

Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) has also been reported to be in talks to buy the African shop of Zain.

And mid last week, another Indian company Vavasi Group and Malaysian billionaire Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary announced that they are in negotiations to buy a stake in Zain under a consortium that could bring in the state-owned Indian telcos BSNL and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.

For Mahanagar Telephone, Bharti Airtel it will be a delayed entry in Africa market after its earlier attempt to buy into the Kenya market failed. During the bidding for a Second National Operator licence in 2007, Mahanagar Telephone had placed a bid of Sh3 billion which was rejected as it was the lowest.

Last week, Tata Group through its ICT arm, Tata Communications joined hands with Kenya’s AccessKenya to form a point of access to the Internet in Kenya.

The access point will allow Internet Service Providers to access a direct link between Kenya and other world destinations.

Earlier, ISPs in the country needed to buy international fibre through a cable network to London in order to offer Internet links to Asia or South Africa. This meant that all traffic was routed through London rather than through a more direct route.

While Indian corporates are scrambling for either telecoms, manufacturing and refinery, China has already taken control of major infrastructure projects with an estimated 60 per cent of market share.

Mr Julius Kinyua, chief executive officer of Flashcom Ltd, a loop operator says the reason why the Indians are targeting Kenya is because it still has a huge potential for growth especially in the telecommunications services owing to the current low penetration of services.

“The Indians are being driven by the need to grow their businesses. Kenya provides a more conducive environment for foreign investors compared to other markets where governments may restrict foreign investments,” Mr Kinyua says.

For local companies, Mr Kinyua says they might lack the muscle to compete effectively with the Indian firms that have access to large amounts of capital and economies of scale.

“It is a great opportunity for the companies that are acquired as they will be able to access much -needed capital for expansion,” he says.

Mr Jonathan Somen, AccessKenya Group managing director, says India is a global leader in ICT and its corporates are looking for growth and new markets.

“I believe Kenyan companies could be the beneficiaries of the Indian companies coming in with more investment in infrastructure, people and technology,” Mr Somen says.

Essar Telecom’s CEO Srinivasa Iyengar says that for Indian telecoms, the Kenyan market in many ways is similar to that of India and the distribution and marketing challenges are easier to handle compared to Europe and the US.

“Telecom giants have acknowledged the positive developmental changes in Kenya, stimulating the rush by foreign firms to seize opportunities in the telecom sector,” said a source representing one of the Indian firms’ deals in Kenya, but who sought anonymity due to his employer’s restriction.

Then early this year, news that India’s biggest mobile-phone operator, Bharti Airtel, intends to buy Africa’s biggest mobile-phone operator, MTN, broke. MTN operates in more that 17 Africa countries. The discussion are still ongoing with latest news being that the two were working to seal the $24-billion deal by the last week of this month.


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^^sorry the wording of the headline i was in rush its TWO CLASSY HOTELS in which ONE will be in UPPER HILL :cheers:
 

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Kenya targets Chinese tourists

Kenya team targets slice of $55bn from China tourists tourists expected to travel abroad this year and spend about $55 billion.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) officials and tour operators are in China to market Kenya as a tourism destination.

The market is viable and growing,” said Fred Kaigua, chief executive of Kenya Association of Tour Operators (Kato).
KTB is pursuing an aggressive marketing strategy in China and has launched an official KTB Chinese website.


The board has also increased media promotions in China’s major cities.

The Chinese Outbound Tourism Research Institute says three million more Chinese travellers are expected to travel abroad this year.

In 2010, 54 million Chinese travelled abroad and spent an estimated $48 billion, an amount that is expected to increase by 14 per cent this year.

The growth of China in the global economy has led to increased outbound tourists with the country being identified as one of the biggest future market.

Research shows Chinese tourist are mainly keen on safari and cultural tours, making them an important focal point for a destination like Kenya.

China has emerged as one of the fastest growing source markets for Kenya.

In 2005, arrivals from China stood at 11,655 and rose by 74 per cent by 2009 to 20,339.

As of September 2010, China was one of the source markets that had fully recovered from the effects of the recession with numbers standing
at 22,388.

Kenya has a tourism protocol with China that saw the country granted approved destination status by the Chinese government.

Last year, Kenya won two destinations awards by Chinese travellers - best eco-tourism destination and new desired destination in 2010.

In November 2008, Kenya Airways introduced direct air services to Guangzhou and has been expanding the route by deploying larger aeroplanes with other airlines such as Emirates connecting the two countries through their hubs.
 

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China is still in its infancy in as far as traditonal tourism numbers are concerned, its more of a future target market. Most Chinese visit abroad for education and business. Kenya should rather in the short term market to known traditional mature Asian markets as Japan and Korea(S) also Central & Eastern Europe burgeoning markets. They can also cast the net to non-traditional African markets by marketing themselves are 'regional powerhouse' in hospitality area.
 

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China is still in its infancy in as far as traditonal tourism numbers are concerned, its more of a future target market. Most Chinese visit abroad for education and business. Kenya should rather in the short term market to known traditional mature Asian markets as Japan and Korea(S) also Central & Eastern Europe burgeoning markets. They can also cast the net to non-traditional African markets by marketing themselves are 'regional powerhouse' in hospitality area.
China has more millionaires than UK for the first time
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/5625742/China-has-more-millionaires-than-UK-for-the-first-time.html

China now home to more 'super rich' than Japan in Asia-Pacific region survey
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/3085819/China-now-home-to-more-super-rich-than-Japan-in-Asia-Pacific-region-survey.html

"It is estimated by 2020, China will become the largest market for tourism in the world with an anticipated 100 million outbound passengers annually."
http://www.financialpost.com/news/Number+Chinese+tourists+taking+flight/4283463/story.html

"Still, China is on course to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy around 2020, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a January report."
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-16/china-economy-passes-japan-s-in-second-quarter-capping-three-decade-rise.html
 

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China has more millionaires than UK for the first time
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/5625742/China-has-more-millionaires-than-UK-for-the-first-time.html

China now home to more 'super rich' than Japan in Asia-Pacific region survey
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/3085819/China-now-home-to-more-super-rich-than-Japan-in-Asia-Pacific-region-survey.html

"It is estimated by 2020, China will become the largest market for tourism in the world with an anticipated 100 million outbound passengers annually."
http://www.financialpost.com/news/Number+Chinese+tourists+taking+flight/4283463/story.html

"Still, China is on course to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy around 2020, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a January report."
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-16/china-economy-passes-japan-s-in-second-quarter-capping-three-decade-rise.html

Well nothing surprising really given the fast rate of economic growth in China and it's huge population.
 

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China has more millionaires than UK for the first time
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/5625742/China-has-more-millionaires-than-UK-for-the-first-time.html

China now home to more 'super rich' than Japan in Asia-Pacific region survey
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/3085819/China-now-home-to-more-super-rich-than-Japan-in-Asia-Pacific-region-survey.html

"It is estimated by 2020, China will become the largest market for tourism in the world with an anticipated 100 million outbound passengers annually."
http://www.financialpost.com/news/Number+Chinese+tourists+taking+flight/4283463/story.html

"Still, China is on course to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy around 2020, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a January report."
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-16/china-economy-passes-japan-s-in-second-quarter-capping-three-decade-rise.html
That's all well said. Infact in absolute terms China is doing so well, indeed very well. But lets look at the target data and probable scenarios that is correspondent to our cause. Japan Pop 120m+ (17m Outbound Tourist -2010 www.tourism.jp ), Korea Pop 48m+ (10m Outbound Tourist*) and China Pop 1300m+ (37m Outbound tourist*).

The hard fact is that most of the Chinese(Mainland) outbound tourist are very inward looking many would rather visit Macao or Hongkong and delve into few nearby Asian hotpots than venture further afield (Iam excluding established Western markets) maybe for cultural or historical reasons(). My understanding is that for a traditional calibre tourist that we are looking for in Kenya it's much easier for a Japanese or Korean middle income persons (from more open older societies)to spend his/here discretional income out in Africa than its is for a similar coterie Chinese. That's why I said China is more of a future market, alot of work still needs to be done.
 

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There is still a lot more work/growth potential in China.

But even now, Chinese outbound tourists outnumber the Japanese and Koreans combined.

Plus the Chinese are used to a much higher degree of risk/influences than the Koreans/Japanese, so Kenya isn't as daunting a destination.

NB. Wasn't Chinese outbound tourism 54milliion in 2010

That's all well said. Infact in absolute terms China is doing so well, indeed very well. But lets look at the target data and probable scenarios that is correspondent to our cause. Japan Pop 120m+ (17m Outbound Tourist -2010 www.tourism.jp ), Korea Pop 48m+ (10m Outbound Tourist*) and China Pop 1300m+ (37m Outbound tourist*).

The hard fact is that most of the Chinese(Mainland) outbound tourist are very inward looking many would rather visit Macao or Hongkong and delve into few nearby Asian hotpots than venture further afield (Iam excluding established Western markets) maybe for cultural or historical reasons(). My understanding is that for a traditional calibre tourist that we are looking for in Kenya it's much easier for a Japanese or Korean middle income persons (from more open older societies)to spend his/here discretional income out in Africa than its is for a similar coterie Chinese. That's why I said China is more of a future market, alot of work still needs to be done.
 

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Kenya coast, most prefered by swiss tourists

The Kenya Coast,Zanzibar and Pemba islands are the most preferred destination for Swiss tourists coming to Africa for holidays.

Speaking in Mombasa at the Moi International Airport (MIA) leading Swiss tour operator, Hotel plan says scenic white sandy beaches and national parks made the Kenyan Coast top favorite.

“Kenya Coast destination is ranked the most ideal for travelers from Switzerland seeking real holiday comfort since tourists can combine both beach and wildlife safari experience,’ said Ms Manuela Pirro, Hotel plan Product manager for East Africa.

Ms Pirro was speaking before boarding a charter flight operated by Zanair, a Zanzibar airline that offers daily services between Mombasa and Zanzibar .

Zanair which is headquarter in Zanzibar has dedicated air services out of the isle destination to Mombasa, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salam, Pemba, Mafia islands and Serengeti.

Pirro was leading a group of 14 travel agents who are on a familiarization tour of tourist facilities both at the Kenyan Coast and Zanzibar.

However, the tour operator challenged the government to hasten the issuance of tourist visas in good time so as to avoid delays occasioned to tourists who have to wait for long hours to get the vital entry documents on arrival.


At the same time, Pirro did not hesitate to point an accusing finger on beach boys who have constantly harassed tourists, adding that Players in the industry have been at loggerheads with the government over its alleged failure to contain the beach boys.


But Tourism minister, Mr. Najib Balala who recently met representative of the beach operators at a Mombasa hotel pledged to address the problem.

Balala is quoted as having said that a systematic and more humane way will be put into place to ensure that the beach operators are relocated to more decent central markets away from the beaches from where the can conduct their business legally.

Balala is also routing for registration process which will help identify beach operators doing legal businesses.

Source:AllVoices
 
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