Finally KQ to fly Nairobi-New York direct


The airline is counting on the tourism, with the US being a key source market of vacationers, as well as opportunities to Kenyan businesses accorded by the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) to sustain the flights.

The national carrier said it expected the flights between Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and New York’s JFK Airport to play a critical role in returning it profit making territory. The airline said revenues from the route had potential to increase earnings by 10 per cent in the course of 2019.

The airline on Thursday started selling tickets for the inaugural and subsequent flights between Nairobi and New York. Kenyans and other travellers will be able to book early worm tickets for $869 (Sh87 000), the seats on sale for this price are however limited and the cost increases as bookings increase.

KQ chairman Michael Joseph said the move was an important milestone for the airline that just concluded a complex financial restructuring, adding that the route would enable it swing back to and sustain profits.

“This is a symbol of a comeback by Kenya Airways. It will determine the future of KQ and also shows the determination that KQ has to return to being the pride of Africa,” he said.

He added that the airline had confidence in the route, saying “we would not embark on this if we were not confident that it will work. It will be profitable for us.”

The direct flights come after a lengthy wait as well as past numerous attempts including false starts. The airline and JKIA are however yet to receive all necessary approvals by the US security and transport authorities, including JKIA being designated as a last point of departure while the airline is yet to receive an air operator certification.

KQ chief executive Sebastian Mikosz, however, said both KQ and JKIA had received the critical approvals and added that the remaining requirements would be met as the airline sets up the route.

The airline was in September granted approval to operate flights in the US by the department of transportation while JKIA was earlier in 2017 granted a Category One status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after the airport upgraded its security features.

The US is one of Kenya’s key trading partners. It is the largest tourist source market, and in the period to October 2017 accounted for close to 100 000 tourists to Kenya. Direct flights are expected to boost the numbers, with the travel time reducing from about 25 hours to about 15 hours. The country is also a crucial market for Kenyan exports such as woven apparel, coffee, tea, spices, edible fruits, macadamia nuts and vegetables traded under AGOA but which have to travel long distances compromising quality and in turn reducing their value.

Most American companies have their headquarters in Nairobi and the new development is seen to be a plus to the corporates which include Coca Cola, Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, IBM, P&G, Intel, IMF, Wrigley, Honeywell, AIG, Cisco, Google, Cargil among others.

Kenya’s tourism sector also stands to benefit from the new route as America is one of the main source of visitors to the East Africa’s largest economy. Between January and October 2017 over 95,000 tourists visited Kenya , a 20 percent increase in traffic every year for the past two years.
Regionally, Uganda Tanzania south Sudan Mauritius Rwanda and Ethiopia stand to benefit from the new development

NAIROBI, Thursday, January 11, 2018… Standard Business article


Dubai VAT Notification Alert


Dear Esteemed Clients,

Greetings Form Every Travel &Tours!!!

Federal Decree-  Law No. (8) 2017 (Vat Law) of UAE, from January 1st, 2018 onwards an extra Vat of 5% will be charged on all Services. This is a mandatory requirement.

All Vouchered booking done before 31st Dec and whose Travel date post 1st Jan will be liable for VAT charges

The system will now automatically calculate the VAT and deduct from your credit limit if the balance is available. In case if the balance is not available, the equivalent VAT amount will be debited to the account.

Bookings which are Blocked and Confirmed before 31st Dec and whose travel date is post 1st Jan 17 the system will automatically show popup before Vouchering calculating the Total with Vat Charges.

We understand this may need you to revise certain bookings, but it is for the benefit of everyone. We hope for your full cooperation so that the guests do not face any unpleasant issues.

For any queries or clarifications, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Every Travel &Tours Team




In the age of online booking sites, using a travel agent may feel like being backward!  But agents are more useful than simply selling holiday packages. Many agents still provide services or have knowledge that you just can’t get online –and sometimes, especially in times of crisis, working with a real live person is just plain superior.


Here are 10 reasons why they're still useful:


1) They Are Educated and Have Personal Experience

Simply put, they know more than you. They can give you insider tips and advice, using their education and personal experience to guide your vacation decisions in a way that provides you with the best vacation possible for you and your hard-earned investment.  They have access to the personal feedback from hundreds of clients, and their own personal travel agent network, to provide insights you can’t get on TripAdvisor or other social media sites. 


2) They Have Clout

Many travel agents develop personal relationships with individuals at the companies they sell.  They leverage these relationships to get you things you can’t get on your own.   That “sold out” room or the connecting rooms you want for your extended family trip when the online sites say they aren’t available.  They also have exclusive entrée to experiences you might not know are available to you.


3) The Fixer

In addition to getting you more on any particular trip, they can step in and fix things when your trip goes awry.  The average consumer books one or two trips per year, typically with different travel suppliers, so they have little or no leverage when things go wrong. The travel agent is constantly selling a particular supplier and has the leverage to fix things, even when the supplier isn’t directly at fault.  Travel suppliers value the travel agent’s business much more than any individual traveler.  They will step up to make things right or simply to make sure that traveler, and their travel agent, are happy. 


4) Cost-Savings

The best travel agents have unique access to benefits that can save you a lot of money and provide you with a better experience:  free room upgrades, spa credits, food and beverage credits are just a few of the things that agents can get, that you can’t.  Add in hard-to-get restaurant reservations, exclusive or priority access to attractions, added amenities, and you will have a lot more value for your travel dollar. (Ever wonder why the couple in the cabin next to yours got champagne and you didn't? They probably used a travel agent)


5) Time-Savings

Instead of searching blindly on the Internet for hours, days, or even weeks – depending on the complexity of the travel plans – you can have an expert do the research for you, with your personal needs in mind.  They do it for every component of the trip and very often do it at no cost to you.


6) Safety Net

If anything should go wrong during your trip, you can rely on them to assist you. A travel agent will suggest and arrange alternate travel arrangements, help you to deal with any travel emergency you may have, and put you in touch with the right local people to answer your needs.


7) On the Cutting Edge

They are on the cutting edge of what's new: Travel agents are the first to know about a new resort, cruise ship or tour.  They have relationships with their best travel partners who keep them informed as to the latest and greatest offerings they have. So if you want to travel on the latest and greatest, agents are the way to go!


8) You Pay the Same Anyway!  

More than 98 percent of hotels are parity priced. That means the cost is the same whether you book it yourself or have the travel agent do the work. Some travel agents even have websites that feature the same inventory, bookable in real time!


9) You Get Matched Right

If you call a cruise line directly, they won’t tell you that their competitor is a better fit for you and your travel needs.  Since travel agents sell everything, they focus on your particular needs, making sure you are matched up with the right.


10) An Ongoing Mutually Beneficial Relationship

A good agent is like a good mechanic. Once you find them, you’ll never want to give them up. Travel could be your biggest discretionary spend in any given year, along with your limited time, so you want to make sure it’s done right.  When they make that happen, you’ll want them in your inner circle moving forward.



Rusinga Cultural Festival


Boost To Western Tourism Activities Rusinga Island is famous: It produced one vibrant trade unionist in the name of Tom Mboya who became Kenya’s first Planning Minister, credited with airlifting a batch of Africans to get university education in the United States. Read more

Rotary 92nd District Conference & Assembly in Kisumu, April 2017


Located near the serene Lake Victoria, Kisumu is your best bet to African Hospitality in Kenya. The City was formerly known as Port Florence named after the wife of the British Governor to Kenya at the time when the Kenya Uganda Railway reached Kisumu. It gives you the best opportunity to visit and experience the largest fresh water lake in Africa and the wonderful scenery around.

As is typical of the spirit of Kisumu, you will be met with a rich cultural heritage, a major trading hotpot and a great resource town. Kisumu has as of this date over 79 hotels with five star luxurious hotels within the reach of the Conference and and boasts of its unique manmade canoes used for fun fishing and rides to the islands within. The weather is undoubtedly the most accommodating for all types of visitors who include conference tourists, family and your young ones.

“Dala” is a Luo word for home. When the Luo’s residents of the city go home they simply say “adhi Dala “ “I am going home” It will present you with a mixture of breath-taking scenes from game park to a lake and bird viewing with friendly, and generous people in the modern city. Come and discover the sophisticated and vibrant venue with a rich and warm African hospitality that is out-of-this-world.

This Conference will bring together notable professionals and business people form the entire District 9212 and beyond. My Chairman Gitoho himself a non- resident of the area and the planning team have put together a well balanced program that will help you enjoy your stay in Kisumu as well as reap the best of the Conference sessions. This shall be a hub for best networking opportunities (both local and international) coupled with fun and fellowship.

We intend to make you discover and celebrate the beauty of serving Humanity and enjoy every step.

From the District Governor.