(Posted 03rd November 2022)
Reports from the Kenya coast speak of renewed optimism that the Ronald Ngala Utalii College will get a boost from the new government and complete construction by mid of next year.
The facility was long in the planning and long in the making, as construction got delayed time and again and during the pandemic well near came to a halt.
With the main facility in Nairobi operating to full capacity was it of great importance to the Kenyan tourism and hospitality industry, that a second, coast based college comes on line, especially now that tourism sees an upswing again and hotels have reopened, been upgraded and modernized but require well skilled staff to operate to the highest possible standards.
A source from the Kenya coast told ATCNews that a visit by Tourism Fund Board Chair Mr. Alfonse Kioko, together with Resident Engineer Paul Mwai and Tourism Fund Coast representative John Mutua was well received, especially as Mr. Kioko suggested the facility could be ready by July 2023.
New Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Peninah Malonza is expected to have the completion of the new college high on her agenda as an early sign of government’s committment to throw its weight and support behind the tourism industry – one of Kenya’s main foreign exchange earners, job creators and investment magnets.