NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – The government will allocate Sh300 million for the establishment of a hospitality school at the coast in the next financial year 2010/2011.
The school, to be known as the Ronald Ngala Utalii Academy will be set up at Rea Vipingo where the Ministry of Tourism has 60 acres of land.
Speaking when he inaugurated a new board of directors for the Kenya Utalii College on Wednesday, Tourism Minister Najib Balala said the project which has been long in coming is now a reality and the ground breaking ceremony would be held before the end of the year. The project funds will be provided through the Catering and Tourism Levy Development Trustee, a state corporation under the Ministry of Tourism.
The new KUC board chaired by former assistant minister for tourism Boniface Mganga will oversee the implementation of both the coast project and the delinking of the management of Utalii hotel from the college. This was part of a raft of recommendations presented by a task force on the revitalisation of Kenya Utalii College last year.
“At this time when the government is divesting from managing hotels under the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation, the Utalii hotel should also be set free to be run by a company but fully owned by the college,” said Mr Balala.
He asked the new board to fast track the delinking process to make the hotel competitive.
The new board will also oversee the ongoing restructuring of the physical infrastructure and academic curriculum including the introduction of degrees programmes which started in January this year. The minister however cautioned against neglecting the current diploma programmes saying that their role in building middle level manpower in the hospitality industry cannot be replaced.
Other members of the Kenya Utalii Board include Titus Kangangi, Gerson Misumi, Elizabeth Nzioka, Daniel Kairu, Dr Kenneth Ombongi who is also the Principal, David Sifuma, Allan Chenane and Mariam Hamis.