New tourism college for Kenyan coast


(eTN) The recently-read annual budget appears to have also set aside as much as 300 million Kenya shillings to commence construction of a new campus of the Kenya Utalii College in Vipingo, Mombasa. Last year, Kenya’s tourism minister, Najib Balala, announced that a 60-acre piece of land had been given on which to build the campus but no progress could be made in the absence of funds for further work.

Tourism is one of Kenya’s leading foreign exchange earners and provides jobs for hundreds of thousands of Kenyans directly and indirectly, but training additional manpower has been a major obstacle for the sector, as the main campus of Utalii in Nairobi is constantly oversubscribed and has not spare capacities left.

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The establishment of a new campus at the coast, besides the country’s game and national parks the most important tourism attraction, has seen coast tourism stakeholders elated by the prospect of having a training facility of Utalii’s standing on their doorstep, where young people can learn the skills to make a career in the sector while others already working can now receive refresher courses to add to their knowledge already attained in the work place of through earlier studies.