(eTN) – The Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association (MCTA) recently elected Mohamed Hersi, previously Vice Chairman of MCTA, as their new figurehead during their annual general meeting held at the famous Nyali Beach Hotel. Mohamed, an “institution” in his own right by now, works as Regional General Manager Coast for Sarova Hotels, overseeing the operations of the Sarova Whitesands Resort and the Taita Hills Lodge and Salt Lick Lodge bordering the Tsavo West National Park.
He also served previously as Skal Chairman and as Chairman of the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers, Coast Chapter, while also serving in many capacities in tourism associations for many years. He takes over from Capt. John Cleave of Mombasa Air Safari who retired as chairman during the annual general meeting.
MCTA is the Kenyan coast’s most prominent tourism association, cross cutting from hotels, resorts, and lodges over restaurants, to tour operators, operators of tourism attractions, to deep sea fishing operators, including everyone with a stake in the tourism sector from Lamu over Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Kikambala, and Mombasa, to Ukunda and beyond to the Tanzanian border.
The lobbying organization has an illustrious history, and this correspondent was privileged to serve under the chairmanship of the late Lorna Hayes MBE back in the 70s and 80s while posted in Mombasa.
MCTA often speaks on matters of great concern to stakeholders in public and in private with government and governmental bodies, providing crucial input and advice on matters of infrastructure, tourism development, zoning, and governance issues as and when required. Congrats to Mohamed and all the best to MCTA under his leadership in coming years.