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Classified bed shortage stall tourism in Kenya

23 September 2013, 14:50

Nairobi - Kenya is facing an acute shortage of beds, a development critics said was impacting badly on the country as a tourist destination.

It has been established the industry could be facing a shortage of 10 000 beds.

“The country’s bed capacity in categorized hotels is still below the envisioned target,” said the Kenya Tourism Board Managing Director, Ndegwa Muriithi.

The current bed capacity stands at 55 000, which is 10 000 less than what was envisaged in the vision 2030.

The problem will be under the spotlight during the Hotel and Investment Forum that kicks off tomorrow.

Kenya Tourism Board is expected to explain the measures it has taken to address the crisis.

The forum comes barely a week after the Tourism, Commerce and East Africa Community Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie assured the board that after the constitution of the Tourism Regulatory Authority the classification of hotels will soon get underway according to plan.

 - CAJ News


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