False In May this year, Kenya Airways joined hands with three of the country’s leading business associations in a dramatic public gesture of support for Kenya’s tourism industry. Led by CEO Titus Naikuni, KQ staff joined members of The British Business Association of Kenya, the East African Association and the American Chamber of Commerce for a publicity photograph showing business leaders alongside the slogan ‘ Kenya is Open for Business’. More than 200 leaders from various foreign- invested firms, and the diplomatic corps travelled to the Mara to show their support for the initiative. Recent political events have had a devastating economic impact on all trade sectors in Kenya. Tourism, which in 2007 earned Kshs 65.4 billion ( US$ 941 million), has shouldered the greatest burden. At the beginning of 2008, approximately 200,000 tourism and associated sector employees were laid off or had their salaries cut. In an extended family culture, with up to 10 people relying on every worker’s salary, this meant that over two million people became economically disadvantaged. “ This exercise is proof, if any more were needed, of the strength and energy of Kenya’s private sector and its importance in creating economic growth and positive change in our country,” said Mr Mills from the British Business Association of Kenya. ALL SMILES FOR KENYA’S TOURISM From July, Kenya Airways will fly three times a week to Charles de Gaulle Airport ( CDG), with departures on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, returning to Nairobi on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. msafiri 147 PARIS FLIGHTPATH NEW ROUTE IN THIS ISSUE n 147 NEWS A round up of KQ news n 148 KISUMU airport Kenya’s western hub goes international n 148 CLICK AHEAD THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO HELP YOU TRACE YOUR CARGO ON KQ n 150 WATER WORKS How TO KEEP HYDRATED ON FLIGHTS n 152 COOL KIDS JUNGLE JOLLIES – fun facts and jokes n 154 INFLIGHT INFORMATION How to make your journey easier n 156 HEALTHY TRAVELLING How to stay fresh and relaxed in the air & on your holiday n 158 CONTACTS Complete listings of KQ offices and agents worldwide n 162 FLYING BLUE check out the benefits of joining our frequent flyer programme n 164 ROUTES Kenya, Africa and worldwide maps, with this issue’s spotlight on Maputo What’s happening in the world of Kenya Airways SAFARINJEMA SAFARI NJEMA A year after it was launched in April 2007, the Plant a Future campaign shows little sign of wilting. The environmental project, which aims to protect Kenya’s Ngong Hills watershed through sustainable forestry, conservation and improved livelihoods, received a gift of Kshs18 million from supporters that include Kenya Airways, Coca Cola, Rolls Royce and KLM. This year sees over 200,000 tree seedlings being planted – up from 130,000 in 2007. The Ngong Hills are the source of vital rivers that flow into Nairobi. Owing to their unique ability to protect soils from erosion only indigenous seedlings have been planted. Kenya Airways has contributed over Kshs10 million to the initiative over the past two years. According to KQ’s CEO, Titus Naikuni: “ Kenya Airways’ participation is fuelled by our commitment to protecting a critically important ecosystem and to carrying on a very successful Plant a Future campaign last year.” A GROWING CONCERN Kenya is open for business – that’s the message from KQ staff who gathered in the Mara in May Kenya Airways resumed direct flights to Paris on 10 June, demonstrating the airline’s confidence in the recovery of the tourism sector, which contributes significantly to the passenger traffic on this route. The airline was forced to suspend the flights after a sharp decline in bookings on the route as French citizens reacted to their Government’s decision to join other nations in issuing a travel advisory against travel to Kenya.