Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants in Kenya, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) that will see KATO sign up its members for the Shell Fuel Card. KATO has over 400 hundred members.

Kenya’s tourism industry has been projected to grow in 2016. The government’s support of the industry and the lifting of travel bans in the coastal region, has contributed immensely to the expected rise in numbers. The increase of tourists will result in more travel within the tourist circuits in the country; prompting the MOU signing. Speaking during the MOU signing ceremony, Vivo Energy Kenya, Managing Director Mr. Polycarp Igathe said that the company is delighted to partner with an economic driver in the country.

“Tourism has been, and remains, a key source of income for the country.  We at Vivo Energy Kenya, are a business that fuels journeys across this country.”

He added that Vivo Energy’s partnership will be in the form of Shell fuel cards. KATO members can now register for Shell fuel cards. The card will provide convenience, efficiency and accountability to the tour operators in managing their fuel and lubricants consumption. Said Mr. Igathe.

In line with the KATO Strategic Plan 2016-2021, the KATO Executive Committee constantly seeks to establish new partnerships with organisations that KATO members can benefit from.  Fuel is a critical component in tours and safaris and KATO said that it was pleased to establish this partnership and sign an MOU with VIVO Energy Kenya Ltd. Under the MOU bona fide KATO members will be able to obtain and use the Shell fuel cards at a favourable rate at all Shell service stations across Kenya.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Chairman of KATO, Mr. Peter Ngori alluded to Shell’s excellence in its products and confirmed that the partnership was just the beginning of a better business relationship.

Ngori added: “Shell has always been recognised as a mark of quality and KATO is pleased to be entering into this arrangement that assures our members of quality products at a favourable cost. This is just the beginning of the partnership and we hope to explore many more ways in which the mutual benefit can be enhanced.”

The partnership takes effect from 15th June 2016.


About Vivo Energy:


With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Kenya, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Kenya since 1900.

Vivo Energy Kenya has a storage capacity of 87,625 m³ and 170 retail stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retailing stores. Vivo Energy Kenya employs 193 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,300 people and operates over 1,600 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.


About Kato:

The Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) was formed in 1978 and has grown to become one of Kenya’s leading tourism trade Associations, representing the interests of over 400 of the most experienced tour operators in Kenya. Our membership comprises, both large and small operators.

Our Vision is to “be a leading world class Tourism Trade Association”.
Our Mission is to “foster trust in members’ service delivery and advance their business interests.

KATO’s key Objectives are:
  • To ensure that Kenya Tour Operators maintain the highest possible standards of service and integrity.
  • To provide information to members, clients and agents towards beneficial relations.
  • To create business opportunities for members.
  • To lobby for the interests of KATO members in formulating and implementation of government policy and legislation.
  • To mediate disputes amongst members.
Affiliations in the Tourism Industry: In order to achieve its key objectives. KATO works very closely with various stakeholders both in the public and private sectors. We also establish ties with local communities to consolidate and improve the quality of the existing product. In the course of our activities, we find it necessary to be affiliated to key organizations that we can either benefit from or whom we can support. As a result, KATO is currently represented on several diverse Boards and organizations in both public and private sector.

Media Contact:

Vivo Energy Kenya: Communications Manager

Angela Munyua

Tel: +254 715 828 427  

Email: [email protected]

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