Our core values at Africa Albida Tourism are:
Prosperity and benefit for all stakeholders.
Conservation and enhancement of natural resources.
Integrity and professionalism.
Product and service excellence.
Meet Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive
Ross, who has been at the helm of hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) since its very beginnings a quarter of a century ago, is also a leading figure in Zimbabwe’s tourism industry.
The recipient of numerous accolades, Ross’s outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Zimbabwe’s travel and tourism sector was recognised when he was awarded the Tourism Personality of the Year Award by the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism in August 2015.
Ross is also chairman of African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA), a United Kingdom-based organisation that promotes tourism to Africa from all corners of the world, and is recognised as the voice of African Tourism. Ross is the first Africa-based chairman in the history of ATTA.
Ross is often featured in magazine and newspaper articles, both in Zimbabwe and internationally, speaking on current issues relevant to the destination.
Ross’ passion for conservation saw him co-found the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) in 1999, along with local safari operator and conservationist Charles Brightman. He remains a VFAPU trustee to this day.
Born in Bulawayo and educated in Harare, Ross grew up in a family involved in mining, irrigation and ranching in Bulawayo and Filabusi, in Matebeleland South, in the 1950s and 1960s. His older brother decided to become a hotelier, and Ross followed suit.
He learned his trade at South Devon Technical College in England, before beginning his career at the Jameson Hotel in Harare, and going on to operate hotels, pubs and restaurants in the United Kingdom, with his wife Karen, and brother and family.
It was during this time that an old friend, Dave Glynn, AAT Chairman, called to say he had found a piece of land for a possible development in Victoria Falls, and invited Ross and Karen to be become involved as the hoteliers in the project.
Ross and Karen jumped at the opportunity to return home, and the rest is history. While Ross puts enormous energy into his professional life, he is also very much a family man, with four adult children, and five grandchildren.