Emirates opens up Kenya to Czech tourists

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May 20, 2010 – Emirates Airline has confirmed it is to launch a daily flight to Prague from 1 July 2010.  The move comes as a boost to the government’s effort to market Kenya as a preferred tourist destination to Central and Eastern European countries of the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, and Russia.

Emirates’ Regional Manager for East Africa Essa Sulaiman Ahmad said the launch of the Nairobi-Prague route, through the airline’s Dubai hub, was another new and exciting development for Emirates, embracing a popular European tourist destination, an emerging market and a key trading partner with Kenya.

“We have been keen to add Prague to our six-continent network, and now the time is right to start up our 24th European destination. We believe this will complement the effort by the Kenyan Government to improve tourist numbers from the Czech Republic and the neighbouring states,” said Ahmad.

In April, the Kenyan Government through signed a tourism cooperation agreement with the Czech Republic aimed at increasing Kenya’s market share in the central European nation by promoting tourism business and investments between the two countries and promoting air access by both scheduled and chartered airlines.

“Given the central location of Czech Republic, Prague will serve as an important hub for Kenya in its efforts to access other Central and Eastern European tourism markets like Russian, Austria and Poland, among others,” said Tourism Minister Najib Balala.

Currently, Kenya receives 4,000 tourists annually from the Czech Republic. The business relations between Kenya and the Czech Republic have a long tradition and Kenya has always been an important trading partner in the East African region.

“The launch of services to Prague and the new trade channel it opens up is great news for Emirates Airline on the cargo side too and we believe the new route will provide more opportunities to Kenyan business people sourcing their wares from the Czech Republic and the wider Eastern and Central European countries,” said Mr. Ahmad.

The Czech Republic exports to Kenya include workshop equipment (lathes, tools, forklifts etc.), agricultural, food processing and textile machinery, heavy engineering machinery, furnaces, steel products, and construction industry.

Other products include electricity generation and transmission, measuring and control systems, electrical and electric products, transport devices, chemical products, pesticides, glassware, medical, pharmaceutical and surgical materials, fertilizers, among other products.

Kenya exports to the Czech Republic include tea, jute, and vegetable, among others.

The service to the Czech Republic’s capital city is the 3rd new route to be announced by the Dubai-based airline for 2010 and will be Emirates’ 24th route into Europe. Services to Tokyo begin 28 March and Amsterdam comes on stream from 1 May. 

A 278-seat Airbus A330, offering 27 seats in Business Class and 251 in Economy will serve the Dubai-Prague route.

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  • Kingjamesxxi

    Very well said, UK.  However, we know that by some estimates, you are one of the wealthiest men (and families) in Kenya.  If not by corruption you are now describing as ‘contemptible,’ how much did you (and your family) pay for what you own, such as land?

  • koirotwet

    THE KENYATTA FAMILY OWNS VAST LAND; BIGGER THEN NYANZA PROVINCE BY ESTIMATES; HOW MUCH OF IT WAS BOUGHT BY JOMO AND NOT CORRUPTLY ACQUIRED?

  • koirotwet

    yes , he is the DPM, Minister for Finance of the Republic of Kenya not to mention.. and a HUGE beneficiary of official corruption in KENYA.

  • mkenyamvilivu

    I once worked or a man who kept telling his staff “as my father was working your father was sleeping”please judge Uhuru as an individual. it’s highly likely all those writing foolishness here
    are the children of  lazy fathers.If you claim Kenyatta stole or acquired wealth corruptly,why didn’t your parents do the same?

    • Dan

      Tell it to the birds. The man is a known thief!

    • Dan

      Oh, some parents are morally upright…They don’t believe in acquiring wealth corruptly and passing down those traits to their kids. SMH!!!

  • jkiiru

    Mr. Uhuru this is a cliche. Didn’t u see 2011 corruption index for ur information we are No. 154/180. The government in which u are a top leader is the most corrupt, i would have liked to read ur blog about recovery of the lost billions n not what to avoid loss of deprived economy that can’t afford to pay doctors. Sir in this topic give us a break.

  • Ole Itumbi

    Every time i read people’s reaction to Uhuru and Land i get amazed, he has constantly addressed the issue of land including in a BBC Hardtalk Interview where he said he was not scared of land reforms and that he was ready, the Forbes list clearly notes that Kenyatta family bought their land, the Ndungu land Report found nothing wrong with kenyatta land…in this speech he celebrates IFMIS which is a revolutionary approach to ending mega corruption

  • Kariukiism

    it does not matter what Uhuru is or isn’t bottom line we cannot as a nation afford to be corrupt. Its wrong absurd and ridiculous.

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