NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25 – Well known media personality Caroline Mutoko has been appointed chairperson of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation, in a move by the Ministry of Tourism to boost service delivery in its tourism institutions.
Mutoko was appointed by Tourism Minister Danson Mwazo along with eight new board members after the KTDC board was dissolved.
Mwazo also appointed board members to the Kenya Tourist Board, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Hotels and Restaurants Authority, Kenya Utalii College, Kenya Tourist Development Corporation, Kenya Safari Lodges and Hotels, Catering and Tourism Development Trustees and Bomas of Kenya.
President Mwai Kibaki appointed Anthony Wahome as chairman of Catering and Tourism Development Trustees, Gerson Misumi as chair of Kenya Utalii College and Killian Lugwe as chair of the Hotels and Restaurants Authority.
The gazette notice released by the ministry said the changes are part of the measures being undertaken in readiness for the adoption of the new Tourism Act, 2011.
The Tourism industry has been experiencing increased interest particularly in the hotels segment, with multinational hotel investors rushing to set up operations in the country.
International chains such as Best Western, Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Three Cities-branded hotels are all under construction, with a 200-room Lansmore Hotel in the works.
According to a continental research study by Lagos based W Hospitality Group, there is a 42 percent increase on upcoming hotel investments in sub Sahara African countries including Kenya.