|The staff of Sarova Whitesands celebrate winning the Best Accomodation Facility Award. (Photo:Martin Mukangu/Standard)|
There was pomp and glamour at the second Kenya Tourism Awards, as various tourism players got a deserving recognition, writes ALLAN OLINGO
The high-profile event, held at Carnivore Nairobi, recognized and celebrated tourism industry players who have made significant social, economic as well as developmental impact through their ventures.
Here is a profile of some of the winners:
Best Accommodation Facility Award
City Hotel: Intercontinental Hotel
Hotel Intercontinental Nairobi, that overlooks the city, is a mere five minutes from the city centre and 25 minutes drive from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Intercon, as it is popularly referred to maintains the same international standards as its sister hotels around the world. The hotel boasts of a gym, jogging track, cycling, tennis courts and is a favourite for corporate travellers as well as holidaymakers.
Beach Hotel: Sarova Whitesands
Located on one of the longest beachfronts at the Kenyan Coast, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort is one of the popular of the Sarova hotels. All the rooms and suites have been tastefully furnished by leading interior designers offering spectacular ocean, pool and garden views.
Inland Lodge: Large—Sarova Mara Game Camp
Famed for nature’s most breath-taking show, the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara, the Sarova Mara Game Camp is well positioned to enjoy this unique phenomenon. The rolling plains around the Camp teem with wildebeests, gazelles and zebras, during the migration months and the camp is situated right in the centre of their migration path.
Inland Lodge: Medium— Tortillis Camp
A 2008 Condé Nast award winning tented camp, Tortillis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortillis. Situated in one of Amboseli’s areas of Acacia Tortillis woodland, this camp has a majestic view of the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, and the world’s highest freestanding mountain, Kilimanjaro.