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Kenya hosts the ATA 30th Jubilee International Congress,
Nairobi, May, 2005. Africa
Travel Association's Prestige Magazine to publish a "GRAND
TOUR "OF KENYA" edition for the Jubilee Congress, with
long-term worldwide distribution as a follow-up!
Golfing's Big "Four"
When people think of Kenya, often times they thing of the Big Five - the top prize game trophy's hunters used to go after on safari; lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. But recently, Kenya has gaining fame for it's Big "Four" from golfing enthusiasts around the world. Surprising? Not really. Kenya has been growing its golf community since the early 1900's, expanding into locales that provide some of the most unique golf experiences in the world. Kenya is host to some of the best golf courses in Africa with incredible scenery, live hazards (not to mention sometimes dangerous) and some of the toughest courses in Africa. We've chosen four of the top courses in Kenya that shouldn't be missed while on safari:
MUTHAIGA GOLF CLUB - 6676 yards - par 71
Muthaiga is easily known as THE Championship Course in Kenya. Host to the annual Kenya Open (European PGA), the course boasts challenging holes, beautifully manicured greens and incredible flowering bushes that line almost every hole. With a spectacular course layout you are sure to be caught off guard by the fast greens and the many bunkers ready to gulp up your ball.
WINDSOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - 6751 yards - par 72
The Windsor is one of the most prestigious golf resorts in Kenya. Built on 200 acres of lush Victorian-style landscape, the club provides vacationers with excellent golfing and spectacular scenery. The course itself provides a gorgeous view of Mt. Kenya's snow capped peak; and is bordered by a coffee plantation and indigenous forest, which attracts hundreds of Sykes monkeys. The course claims the longest hole in Africa at 640 yards.
NYALI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB - 6510 yards - par 71
The winds of Nyali are said to be the most treacherous hazard on the course. Located on Kenya's coast (not directly on the ocean), the winds off the Indian Ocean can cut strokes off your game or add several, so be prepared for a challenge. You will find it is worth it, with the course's gently rolling hills surrounded by the radiant Flame tree, it a course not to be missed.
LIMURU COUNTRY CLUB - 6519 yards - par 71
Golfers rave about how enjoyable golfing Limuru can be. The setting on tea plantations is lush and relaxing. The course is set at and elevation of 7000 feet, which provides for fresh air and soft green carpets of turf. Stay out of the sand traps; they are painfully deep.
Debert C. Cook,
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The Kenya Tourist Board to participate in AFCI Locations Trade Show to boost film opportunities within its borders
Minneapolis, MN (April 8, 2003) -- In order to boost Kenya's consumer appeal, the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) along with several Kenyan film representatives will be promoting Kenya as a choice location to worldwide filmmakers and producers at The Association of Film Commission International's Locations trade show on April 11-13, 2003 in Santa Monica, California.
Producers worldwide have had a long-lasting love affair with the Kenyan landscape and its people. Kenya has made several long-term impacts in the film industry with award-winning movies such as "Out of Africa", "Born Free" and the new, highly acclaimed German film, "Nowhere in Africa", which recently won Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards.
"Kenya has been attractive to film makers and producers for many reasons," said Betty Buyu, Managing Director of the Kenya Tourist Board, "The most important one being the varied terrain and landscapes. Kenya offers up images of every extreme: from enchanting beauty to gritty ruggedness. But not only is our terrain varied, so is our culture. We are host to over 80 different African tribes. Our land and people are so colorful."
Last year alone Kenya attracted over 300 filmmakers to Kenya. Its abundant wildlife attracts an immense amount of documentary filmmakers. To date, documentaries consist of over half of the films shot in Kenya. Yet although so many documentaries have been shot there, Kenya has not been overexposed in feature films, increasing its attraction as a top shoot locale for scouting filmmakers.
Recently, Angelina Jolie traveled to Kenya with her adopted son, Maddox, to film Paramount's "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." The Tomb Raider movie sequel will be released in theatres on July 25, 2003. Another film scheduled to be released later this year, named "Love Actually", staring Hugh Grant, Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson, also filmed part of the movie in Kenya.
The Kenyan government understands the importance this industry has on Kenya's image. Therefore, it has made it simple for foreign production companies to work within Kenya. By retaining a Film License through the Film Licensing Officer, film crews can access and shoot almost any region of Kenya at a cost of $18 with an additional $5/day of shooting.
Not only is the government welcoming of the industry, but there is a wide support network within the country itself in terms of film, production and post-production houses. These sophisticated production companies assist foreign filmmakers in scouting, shooting and editing, which often help slash hefty travel and lodging costs from a film's budget. These companies are highly reputable, know the area well, help scout perfect locales for specific needs, assist in retaining appropriate transportation and provide excellent location management during shoots.
By addressing Kenya's accessibility, excellent infrastructure and friendly nature, the KTB hopes to instill Kenya's appeal as a unique destination for film. By participating in the Locations Trade Show, the KTB hopes that more attention will be drawn to the area. The Kenya Tourist Board will be representing Kenya along with Blue Sky Film, Pontact Productions, the Kenya National Film Association and the Kenya Film Production Department.
866-44-KENYA Provides A Tele-Safari For Kenyan Tourists . New Toll-Free Phone Number Becomes Tremendous Resource For U.S. Visitors Traveling To Kenya
Minneapolis, MN (May 17, 2002): The Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) has just announced the launch of its newest resource option for American tourists, 866-44-KENYA (1-866-445-3692), a toll-free number which serves as an in-depth guide for travel agents and leisure travelers interested in Kenya. The hotline allows callers the opportunity to request brochures from the KTB 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week or even speak to a Kenya Tourist Board representative. In addition, 866-44-KENYA provides callers with detailed information on visa and entry requirements, local weather, recommended vaccinations prior to arrival, flight durations and different safari options travelers may wish to experience.
"We wanted to implement the automated phone service in order to assist the public in gaining reliable information about Kenya," said Jennifer Opondo, North American regional marketing manager for the Kenya Tourist Board. "Because of KTB's recent push to attract more travelers to the region, we've launched our Web site www.MagicalKenya.com as well as launched the 866-44-KENYA toll-free number to ensure we have a solid communication system in place in order to provide free, up-to-date, and accurate information to anyone wishing to travel to the region."
In an effort to maximize the use of the system, as well as make certain interested visitors can find the appropriate answers to their questions, the KTB is providing callers access to live Kenya Tourist Board representatives during their normal business hours of 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. CDT. Not only can callers speak to a live representative, but they can also access a variety of frequently asked questions, from the best times of the year to visit Kenya to an overview of the local wildlife.
"866-44-KENYA allows us to be proactive in providing American tourists with reliable information about travel to Kenya with the added benefit of providing personalized service. Sometimes, people forget to ask some important questions prior to traveling. We try to provide those answers &endash; even before the questions are posed. There are many things people don't know about Kenya, especially the fact it has varied ecosystems, a multitude of cultures, and offers extremely diverse activities. We feel it is our responsibility to inform visitors of all of the potential safari experiences available when in Kenya as well as how to properly and safely plan for them," mentioned Opondo.
Callers can call
866-44-KENYA at any time to request a free safari planning
guide and pullout map of the country and its 59 game
reserves. The call is free. For more information on Kenya
Tourism visit the Kenya Tourist Board's Web site at
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