Society / Education
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:23 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
The Kenya Utalii College is in the process of establishing more campuses across the country in order to train more people to work in the hospitality and tourism industry. Speaking in Nakuru Town during the closing of a two-week refresher course for 141 workers from various hotels in Nakuru, Mara and Nyandarua region, the college's director of studies Duncan Mutua said this will enable the hospitality industry to offer quality training.
He said that the move was driven by the fact that 70 percent of the workers in the hospitality industry have no formal training. He pointed out that the college had embarked on offering the short refresher courses as a way of giving back to the stakeholders in the industry since they pay catering levy to the Kenya Utalii College.
While appreciating the important role played by the hospitality industry in national growth, Mr Mutua said that local tourism has registered quite some improvement compared to previous years. He said that the number of bookings in most hotels had gone high and at the same time dispelled fears that the forth coming elections could have negative impact on the sector.
Gregory Wabuge, a manager at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, said that the hotel was fully booked up to September. He said that players in the hospitality industry expect no change in the run-up to the August polls as the government has already given them the assurance that the elections would be peaceful.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County