March 26, 2008

The State Department has reduced its travel warning for Kenya. According to a statement posted on its website, "threats of political demonstrations and violence have dramatically receded following the widely accepted power-sharing agreement signed on Feb. 28." The State Department also has rescinded the authorized departure order for the port city of Kisumu and environs, and said U.S. government personnel and families can return there. The temporary suspension of the U.S. Peace Corps program in Kenya is under review with the goal of resuming the program in the near future. The U.S. government still recommends that private citizens considering travel to Kenya be vigilant because the country "has a high rate of violent crime and remains potentially susceptible to attacks from terrorists in the region."

Dubai World, a holding company owned by the Dubai government, has acquired majority stakes in three South African game reserves: Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Jock Safari Lodge. Dubai World said the game reserves would enhance the company's portfolio of properties in Africa, which include the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate and Spa, both in Cape Town, South Africa; the Kempinski Beach Resort and Residences in the Comoros, off the east coast of Africa (opening in 2010); the One & Only Zanzibar (opening in 2009); the Djibouti Palace Kempinski; Rwanda's Nyungwe and Akagera national parks; and the Gorilla's Nest Lodge in Rwanda.