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Š2015 Insight Hotelier. All material is strictly copyright andall rights were reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission of Insight Hotelier is strictly forbidden. The greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of information in this magazine at the time of going to press, but we accept no responsibility for omissions or errors.The views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of Insight Hotelier or Insight Publications.


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The publication provides information on various topics for hospitality industry like Automation, Furniture, Training among others with a benchmark of the best practices and global trends, business techniques as well as provides a suppliers guide and hotel listings which provides a networking platform to the industry and including hospitality events. The magazine is distributed for free among the industry stakeholders - Solution providers & Owners of Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Lodges, Resorts & Fast-food outlets and through partnered associations like Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurant Association of Kenya (PERAK), Kenya Association of Hotel keepers and Caterers (KAHC) and Kenya Coast Tourism Association (KCTA). An online version of the publication is available from the web link www.insightpublication.org. We welcome your feedback and comments through email: hotelier@insightpublication.org this will help us in improving on our subsequent publications. Finally, I would like to appreciate you the reader and the industry players for your continued support in making the publication a success. Thank you and happy reading!

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ost hotel guests find pleasure and satisfaction from the ambience of the hotel and service provided. It is for this fact that the owners of the hotel should be keen in selecting the right furniture that will create a warm reception and expediency to the guests. Comfort for the mind and body All furniture from the room, restaurant, bar, lobby and the pool area should be comfortable and esthetically gratifying. This will determine the guest’s quality of stay since most of them want a soothing and relaxed stay, away from their hustles and bustles. Special consideration on indulgence in leisure and fun should be made. Handmade for comfort Hotel guests want pieces that are functional, streamlined and easy to use. A comfortable chair, a strategically positioned desk and a wardrobe will all make the room easier to use in the best possible way. Handmade furniture is good especially for functionality purposes. The style should coincide with the target audience and the surroundings.

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Restore natural life When sunshine streams its radiant warmth, the feeling that life abound in has a variable significance. It is possible to choose the natural and serene way of life to shape your style and personality. Total quality Appearance quality, structural strength, efficiency and safety are among the various matters to consider while looking for quality furniture. Different basic

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and surface material have different area of expertise, the hotel furniture can be camber if you don’t pay attention to the specialties and right method of application. Furniture can make or break the hotel’s reputation, which is why hotel owners need to opt for the best hospitality furniture. Spending time to get the right supplier for long – term partnership could come in handy. No compromise should be made on appearance.


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HOSPITALITY CUTLERY

Hospitality Cutlery Insights Good cutlery needs to be aligned to its appropriate use: for instance, small knives and forks are ideal for eating the starter and cutting and spreading butter or margarine. Large knives are for the main course: they are normally sharp with long straight tines ideal for cutting meat. Large spoons are appropriate for serving soup whereas small spoons may be brought out during tea coffee and/or teatime and also used for serving desserts. We also have some specifically designed cutlery such as fish forks and knives that are used in a fish course. There is also fruit cutlery that is used for scooping the meat out of a fruit when serving dessert.

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ver heard of that saying, in life it’s the little things that count? Perhaps it doesn’t quite make sense until you visit an eatery with the finest ambience, exquisite furniture and exotic mouth-watering cuisine but still leave feeling shortchanged, and the only thing that ticked you off is the table cutlery. “Cutlery does not only enhance the manner in which a table is set; it also adds life to the atmosphere and enjoyment of the meals.” Dinning cutlery such as knives, plates, bowls, dinner forks, dessert forks, dessert spoons and tea spoons are the little things that make a whole difference at mealtime not just in terms of utility but also in terms of their aesthetics. So how do you add the magic to the already set sumptuous meal for your patrons? Here are a few takeaways.

normally royal, versatile and stunning. You hardly can go wrong with white dishes. This could go well with the colourful furnishings in place. Cutlery should feel pleasant in your hands when using it to eat. They need not be big and weighty to make you feel awkward but rather have a comfortable balance in your hands. More importantly, you need to be keen on the size. Big beautiful plates would be cumbersome and tricky to store if they cannot fits on the shelves of your closed cabinet. Your purchasing decision therefore needs to be informed by your storage space. Be mindful also of what you need to do with the dinner cutlery:

Image is paramount; it’s the first thing that should be right to guarantee a lasting impression. Look for dinning cutlery that will leave your visitors eager to know where you got them. They come in different shapes, colours and with some having complex engravings, they give a face-lift to the table and arouse one’s appetite. Remember how we experience food is a multisensory experience that does not only involve taste and aroma but also the general outlook. White is

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Knowing the specific type of dinner cutlery to buy in turn dictates the number of pieces to buy. Normally, a half canteen set comprises six or seven pieces for a place setting; a full canteen set comprises of pieces for a twelve place setting; whereas a double canteen comprises pieces for twentyfour place setting. Knowing the number of people to be served while purchasing dinner cutlery will help you achieve unity and congruence when laying out a table for meals irrespective of the people to be served. Finally investing in high-end dinning cutlery is worthless if you don’t know what needs to be done in terms of their maintenance. You therefore need to take initiative in familiarizing yourself with the maintenance required for the set of cutlery in order to ensure the longevity of your investment.


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ike any other business, running a restaurant is hard work and its success is dependent on how much effort you are willing to put into it. Restaurant management involves many different aspects: public relations, inventory, dealing with staff, customer service and the list could go on and on. Good managers are not born overnight, weather managerial skill is a value of nature or nature is however a discussion for another day. Whichever the case, good management calls for practice, endurance and the ability to take up leadership roles, to foresee the success of the business. Here are the necessary prerequisites that managers can embrace to revolutionize their working systems.

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ospitality organizations have long understood that people are their best assets. In this very competitive hospitality and tourism industry, companies that allocate funds, time and efforts for the training of their staff at all levels are the ones that will survive and flourish. Is it not the primary function of businesses in the hospitality industry to provide the best service to its guests? The importance of employee training and development in hospitality cannot be overstated, because the ultimate goal is guest satisfaction. Without proper planning and implementation of training and development, a hospitality business that interacts with guests 24 hours a day for 365 days a year is doomed to fail.

Employees from entry level to managers and owners, affect the guest experience! Without proper induction, continued training and development initiatives, performance can go off track, affecting the bottom line of any organization. Although training is perceived as an expense, the true benefits can outweigh the costs involved. Hotel owners and managers need to commit to the on-going training of their staff to ensure ongoing success. In almost all branded hotels, a training department exists alongside the Human Resource department and their job is to plan, produce and monitor annual training programs. However smaller and independent

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hotels might not have stand-alone training departments and that is where the role of the heads of departments become very important. But heads of departments are also in need of executive training and development to keep up with the latest trends. As an example, with the increasing potential of terrorism in hotels globally, wouldn’t incorporating security and safety training sessions be essential to all departmental heads and executive committee members? How do we go about identifying and planning training needs? Three useful sources for identifying your training needs are your guest reviews, mystery shoppers and staff appraisals. If you have noticed an increase in complaints from guests about delays in their check-in and check-out procedures, then perhaps front desk staff requires training for efficiency in performing these tasks. If guests complain about food quality and service, your training efforts must concentrate on these two areas. One of the tasks of the training department

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of a hotel is to prepare appropriate training need analyses coupled with career development plans. Providing career paths for your staff is a motivational tool that encourages staff to strive to do well in order to get job satisfaction and perhaps career advancement. Another motivational tool is offering certifications for courses completed by staff at authorized institutions specialized in training and development. A company’s commitment to training and skills certification gives them a competitive advantage in both local and international markets. At Boma International Hospitality College in partnership with Alpine Center Switzerland we offer a variety of full-time study options, as well as, both short courses designed for hotel staff with the aim of improving and updating their skills, and the opportunity of enrolling for online courses through Alpine Center Switzerland—all leading to recognized certifications. Training is essential; re-training is equally important in order to provide excellence in service.


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rules regarding hygiene, sanitation and safety. Being in violation of any rule can lead to fines and legal liability, and perhaps even more importantly, can ruin a restaurant’s reputation.

Getting the clearest possible picture of one’s target market will help with virtually every aspect of the business. Consider age, income level and lifestyle of the customer to whom you wish to cater. Where do they live? How do they spend their time? What do they value most? Know the answers to these questions and be able to clearly envision the types of people you expect to fill your tables or visit your counter.

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Not every item on the menu will be equally profitable, but one needs to make sure that items are priced to avoid loss. The cost of food will fluctuate over time, meaning one will need to cushion his prices to maintain profitability – and monitor the suppliers like a hawk. If in doubt, price high to start off with and attract customers with introductory deals and discounts. That way a restaurateur sets his customers’ expectations of higher pricing to come, but still make it cost-effective for them to try out initially.

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For a restaurant to be successful, it needs to stand out in a way that the customers perceive as valuable. Make sure the thing that makes the restaurant different than the competition is something that the target market will appreciate.

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The menu will likely be fluid, change many times as you begin to see what the diners enjoy the most however, it is important that youINSIGHT start off with the right| initial to keep HOTELIER APRILmenu - JUNE, 2015 guests coming back. Resist the temptation to create a huge menu with something for everyone. Providing fewer options that cover a large spectrum will help you to control costs and keep the kitchen running smoothly. You can always add variety by offering daily specials.

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Today, a good POS system is as important as a reliable grill in a busy restaurant. The right system will help cut down on kitchen errors, 9. The Staff manage inventory, control costs, prevent Turnover is very high in the restaurant theft, track the popularity of dishes, reconcile industry, but do not make the mistake of tips, keep the books accurate and much looking at your employees as disposable. more. Consider the POS system carefully, HOTELS | CAMPS | RESORTS | RESTAURANTS & LODGES RESOURCE MAGAZINE At any given time, you want to staff your remembering that you will come to rely on restaurant with the best available people, it for way more than printing and processing not just warm bodies. Fill every position with checks. This systems approach to operating care from the dishwasher who needs to be a a business does not apply solely to team player to the restaurant manager who needs to be personable, professional and franchised or chain restaurant. A systems 5. Policies and Procedures The most successful restaurants have policies responsible. Every team member will play an approach works anywhere and one has and procedures for everything from opening important role in determining the success of to have a systems approach to operate a to greeting customers to dealing with successful restaurant because there are complaints to handling deliveries to cleaning. the restaurant. just so many variables and functions that Implement systems for every aspect of the need to be executed the same way, every daily operations and handling unforeseen 10. Customer Service Strive to create a true experience for the time, with every guest. circumstances. Make the policies and customer. Being committed to putting procedures crystal clear by putting them in Without a system, it is nearly impossible writing and ensure that every member of the customers first is vital to the success of any restaurant. At some point, the team is going for employees to create a consistent and team live up to them. to make mistakes. The kitchen is bound predictable experience for the guests over “Hotel Suppliers event for the coast region”. to get backed up sometime, a guest may and over again. In short, without a system, 6. Cleaning Practices accidentally be overcharged. all is lost. Every restaurant is subject to a strict set of

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giving our local as well as international product suppliers an edge by providing a platform for them to engage and interact with hotels and lodges that are based in the Coast region. Following the success of the Kenya Hospitality Trade Fair 2014 organized by Slujan Events, Mombasa Hotel Show 2015, provides an opportunity for our exhibitors and sponsors to directly meet the needs of the hotels and lodges of the Coast region and its environs.

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professionals at the event, do business with key buyers from leading hotels, lodges and hospitality establishments including; owners, operators, managers, consultants and developers. After a successful 2014 show and with the continued support of the Department of Tourism and Culture Development, Mombasa County and Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers & Caterers (KAHC), we look forward to bigger and better 2015 where we will offer a host of new exhibits, features and even better professional sessions. The show running on the theme, “Getting Back on Track�, is aimed at

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Slujan Events target to host over 50 exhibitors from both local and international markets. However, with over 15 exhibitors having shown interest in participation, this target may be surpassed as the hotels, suppliers and service providers continue to show interest in participation. The three day event shall attract in excess of 2,000 hoteliers from the region. We look forward to having an enjoyable and fruitful engagement with you at the Mombasa Hotel Show and in our other networking forums. For more details about the show and exhibiting, kindly visit; www.mombasahotelshow.com or Call us at +254 714 33 22 11


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HOTEL SECURITY RFID and HT RFID, providing the latest RFID technology with modular and traditional designs for any hotel decor. www.onity.com Q: What are the main products requested by users and establishments, and what innovation are you working on? Integrating intelligent locking systems that combine electronic locks with other systems, such as energy management systems, have become a popular request from customers. Combining these systems provides better service and thus improves the level of guest satisfaction. For example, the interaction between the energy management and property management systems enables the property to adjust rooms to ideal room temperatures in the time it takes from initial check-in to the guest’s arrival at the room Q: When choosing a product type within the access control, safes and security, what factors and aspects do you put into account for the employer?

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Q: There has been a major technological improvement on security products in the country, what are the major steps that have been taken in the last decade? The journey from magnetic to RFID is one of the major transformations in the industry in the past decade. The contactless RFID electronic locks incorporate other opening devices, such as wristbands, key fobs, and other portable devices that can open the lock. Besides offering comfort and ease of use, these different and new forms of opening devices also reduce the probability of losing the card. The RFID key card is useful especially to resorts that offer a wide variety of guest amenities that are restricted to guest-access only. Also, the RFID key card improves operational efficiency by reducing the cleaning required for lock read heads. Onity has recently launched its electronic lock models ADVANCE

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These types of systems are required to be fully reliable in terms of security, but also be manageable. The devices should be ergonomic, user-friendly and intuitive for the guest to use. The bottom line is convenience for the guest and the staff. Q: What role do you play when it comes to rehabilitation and restructuring of hotels? (New market vs aftermarket) A: A good and reputable company like ONITY for example, equally supports both new hotel projects and aftermarket retrofit opportunities. They offer ideal solutions for new construction projects and renovations with specific solutions to meet the needs of each project. For example, Onity offers custom cover plates and wraps for competitive upgrades. Q: Finally, and from your point of view, what are the prospects for the sector in the coming years? A: An emerging trend is integrating intelligent locking systems that provide real-time information to anticipate a customer’s needs. This provides a more efficient workplace, increases guest satisfaction levels and reduces overall operating costs.


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s technology continues to advance and scale new heights with every passing day, organizations must adopt new technologies as a necessity to cope with emerging market. Among other vital aspects, the role of ICT in communication, production and delivery of services offers a win-win solution to the involved: customer satisfaction as well as revenue growth. Shifting trends in consumer expectations is a key driver in helping businesses create and adopt systems that respond to specific target client base as well as general market demand. The impact of technology on the hotel industry goes beyond your usual phone and Wi-Fi installation to intricate details such as the reviews your guests leave online (remember the internet never forgets), to details such as how you relate to any third party, including OTAs and other commissionable agents. To be very candid, anyone involved in the industry cannot afford to be left out by this new and strong wave of the World Wide Web, hoteliers must in addition to the traditional methods incorporate new and upcoming solutions at every level of strategizing. Its worth of note that while the preceding years had heavily dwelled on traditional booking methods and word of mouth references, the process is now largely completed online. Statistics by United Nations World Tourism show that more than 59% of bookings are researched, booked, paid and reviewed online. This report evidently points to the shift in consumer preferences, and why hotels must take online marketing as a serious aspect of promoting their brand. This can be achieved by employing interactive channels at every stage of the hotel-guest interaction by anticipating customers’ needs and proactively meeting them. One of the tried and tested ways is to make sure that your product is found at the point of demand; on the web. Research by London-based market intelligence firm Euro monitor indicates that the average consumer will visit 14 travel related websites before placing an

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online booking, and may return to the same site for approximately 3 times before finally making up their mind on the selection. This prompts the question, what will the customer be doing all this time? The simple answer is that, they will be reading reviews by previous guests, taking stock of your response time, and hopefully getting carried away by your on-site content. Time spent on your site also fundamentally depends on the speed of your interface. While traditional methods of marketing such as print ads, TVs and outdoor branding have own and well calculated targets, hotels must embrace digital and online based marketing to reach out the rest of the world that may seem virtually inaccessible in real life; case in point is the most recent report that puts the global digital native population at 30%, this without doubt are the college going and adventurous lot who are known to embrace brand royalty for as long as their needs are met. Creating online awareness and growing your brand with this age bracket almost ensures a life time customer and ambassador at no extra cost. Creating marketing models wound around target groups does not only guarantee conversion, it also ensures that your product receives great referrals to potential guests on related platforms such as social media

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and community forums. These are great channels to create personalized interaction with customers, without incurring costs on postage stamp or courier services. Hotels taking up the digital route do not necessarily need to wait until they have a running website to leap the benefit of online marketing; the rise in growth of online booking platforms such as Jovago. com, guarantee optimum online visibility for partner hotels signed on the platform. However, hotels with already exiting websites can install interactive tools such LiveChat, guest microblogging and virtual tours. Going by industry projections and the upward trajectory in the global ICT industry, hotels have no choice but to adopt techsavvy systems that answer to their techsavvy customer with effective consistency. A simple module would be to keep in mind that, the moment a guest walks in to a hotel, they are more likely than not to post their braggies on all social media platforms, such guests will keep live updates of their stay via your Wifi, and definitely leave a review for future guests on different review platforms. Be part of this process. By Lillian Gaitho, PR Manager for Jovago You can reach her on +254, 729 823 884 Email; lilian.gaitho@jovago.com Twitter: @LillianGaitho


HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATIONS

KENYA COAST TOURIST ASSOCIATION The Kenya Coast Tourist Association is a non- profit organisation established in 1948, under the umbrella of the East Africa Tourism Travel Association (EATTA); the first recorded tourism promotion organization in East Africa. It is situated at the corner of Moi Avenue junction and Aga Khan Road in KCTA building. Our members are broadly spread across the coastal region that includes: individuals, companies and associations. KCTA serves as the coast region’s tourism umbrella body with the focus on developing a consolidated voice in policy making that will drive the improvement and development of the tourism industry and allied tourism services within the region. We bring together all stakeholders for the purpose of advancing advocacy issues to the benefit of businesses and communities. KCTA currently has a membership of 118 comprising of Banks, Hotels, Tour Operators, Allied Businesses, Government Institutions and Community groups. It really is the ‘‘Business Association of the Tourism Sector’’ with our area of jurisdiction being from Vanga to Kiunga. Presently, the Association is managed by a strategic Secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer and five members of staff, in ensuring the day to day operations of its affairs under the guidance of a 9 person’s Executive board, who are under the leadership of the Chairperson. KCTA has a Board of Trustees that comprises 5 individuals. KCTA has successfully been involved in lobbying the government on policy issues which affect the sector at the Coast and demand for better and quality services by public institutions. It promotes responsiveness by bringing together various stakeholders from the region to lobby for good governance within the local government, service delivery institutions, and the private sector and ensure efficient and effective service delivery to our members. More Information: KCTA Building- Moi Avenue and Agakhan Road Junction P.O Box 99574 - 80107, Mombasa Telephone: +254 722 475796, 041 2225428 Email: kenyacoastta@gmail.com / ceo@kenyacoast.net

Pubs, Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) was formed in 2004 and represents members who run and manage Restaurants, Bars/ Hotels and Entertainment venues. Its main objective is to bring together operators with a view of resolving common problems in the industry and help members comply with various regulations governing the hospitality industry. It is a membership organization that members subscribe to annually and abide by a certain code of ethics. We boast of a membership of active listed members and more in thousands engaging non-members. Tourism and hospitality sector has witnessed major challenges over the many years due to the political unrest, changes in legislation and other inherent difficulties. The Pubs Entertainment & Restaurants Association of Kenya (hereby referred as PERAK) is currently seeking measures to assist members with financial and operating solutions to overcome these challenges. PERAK has since studied the industry and established that the sector has a great potential to sustain itself as well as contribute to national development. The Association feels it is high time the Government amends the tax rates regime and enforce administration in the industry which will have a great impact on the overall performance. Tourism and the hospitality sector is one of the key economic drivers of the country and its performance has a direct and a profound impact on the GDP and employment creation. Our mandate has been to seek level playing field but also provide much needed resources for the sector to plough-back into marketing and development of the sector. Lobby the government on issues affecting the industry. With coming together of the stake holders in the industry there is so much that can be achieved. Pubs,Entertainment and Restaurant Association of Kenya. (PERAK). Chania Avenue Off wood Avenue Gate 4 @Taranaki Court. Tel:254 722-773238/+254722 469 590 E:marketingnbi@perakkenya.co.ke www.perakkenya.co.ke INSIGHT HOTELIER - Edition 04| Aug 15th - Nov 15th,2015

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HOSPITALITY AWARDS

Hotels, Resorts, Lodges & Camps Listing 2015 World Travel Awards celebrated its 22nd anniversary this year at a spectacular event held on the 20/06/2015 at Kempinski Resort Seychelles. The ceremony which was attended by the industry stakeholders globally saw Kenya win a total of nine trophies. The winners and nominees in Kenya on different categories are as follows: Leading Hotels in Kenya – Overall, Business, Residence and Brand Hotels Hotels: • Nairobi Serena Hotel • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club • Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel • InterContinental Nairobi • Safari Park Hotel & Casino • Sankara • Sarova Stanley • Tribe hotel

Leading Overall Resort, Spa Resort & Beach Resorts Resorts: • Kinondu Kwetu • Alfajiri Villa Resort • Hemingways Resort • Leopard Beach Resort & Spa • Mt. Kenya Safari Club Spa Resorts • Enashipai Resort & Spa • Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa • Leopard Beach Resort & Spa • Lion In The Sun • Ocean Beach Resort & Spa

Business Hotels: • InterContinental Nairobi • Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club • Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel • The Nairobi Serena Hotel • Sarova Panafric • Sarova Stanley • Tribe Hotel Residence Hotels: • Palacina The Residence & The Suits • Eden Beach resort & Spa • Safari Park Hotel & Casino • Wouburn Residence Club

Beach Resorts: • Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa • Alfajiri Villa Resort • Leopard Beach Resort & Spa • Msambweni Beach House • Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa • Severin Sea Lodge • Swahili Beach • The Majilis • The Red Pepper House

Brand Hotels • Kempiski Hotels • Fairmont Hotel & Resorts • Hemingways Collection • PrideInn Hotels & Conferencing • Sarova Hotels, Resorts and Game Lodges • Serena Hotels

Lodges & Camps 2015 Safari Lodges • Finch Hattons • &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge • Elsa’s Kopje • Governors Camp • Keekorok Lodge-Sun Africa Hotels • Little Governors’ Camp • Ol Tukai Lodge • Sanctuary Olonana • Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge • Sarova Shaba Game Lodge • Saruni Samburu • Serena Mountain Lodge Tented Safari Camps • Encounter Mara • &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Masai Mara Tented Camp • Ashnil Mara Camp • Elephant Pepper Camp • Kicheche Bush Camp • Mahali Mzuri • Sarova Mara Game Camp • Severin Safari Camp Safari Camps Brands • Porini Camps • Governors Camp Collection • Heritage Hotels • The Safari and Conservation

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