#WhatsNext: Travel & Tourism

On February 24, Nest Nairobi will bring together the brightest minds across business, creative and technology industries in its monthly speaker series: #WhatsNext.

The #WhatsNext monthly speaker series provides a forum for entrepreneurs and executives, early stage technology companies and corporates, investors, forward thinking minds in academia and government, funders, NGOs and other stakeholders to discuss what they see as the next big thing for their sector.

This month’s panel discussion and innovation showcase is on technology in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, and will cast local insight, global perspectives and inspiring conversations on future sector challenges and possibilities.

The event will feature a diverse audience of over 150 participants across the travel, tourism and hospitality industry; Government and private sector; local and international business leaders and key stakeholders; travel and hotel bloggers; foodies; travel tech startups and investors.

Nest has assembled a panel of leading innovators, technologists and experienced industry thought leaders to discuss the future of travel and technology in the tourism and hospitality sector in Kenya, the African continent, and globally in the next decade.

Key discussion topics will include:

  • How are consumers better served by the emergence of online travel commerce in Africa than they were through other channels, say 5-10 years ago?
  • Are consumers (Kenyans) looking for value or price to travel locally?
  • What investments should the industry make today to ensure future growth?

For your chance to participate, please click here.

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Pope Francis to Visit Kenya in First Ever Trip to Africa

Pope Francis will visit Kenya from 25 – 27 November in his first ever trip to Africa. Nairobi will be his first stop on a three-state visit of the continent to include Uganda and the Central African Republic.

The Catholic community in Kenya accounts for an estimated 33 percent of the population. While in Nairobi, Pope Francis will hold a Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi which is expected to be attended by 1.4 million people from across the country.

The Pope will also meet other religious leaders to discuss inclusivity and how people of all denominations can co-exist. Key discussions will include matters around climate change, strengthening family ties, and inter-ethnic tolerance.

It has been 20 years since Kenya hosted a pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church which was marked by the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1995. The nation is prepared to welcome Pope Francis with blessings and joy.

For further information, and full details Pope Francis’ itinerary, please visit