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Nakuru hoteliers unhappy with government directive

12 February 2014, 19:50 Wilshere

Nakuru - The hotel industry in Nakuru County has been affected by the recent directive that government institutions should not engage in business with private hotels.

The chairman of the hoteliers, Ernest Muibu disclosed that since the directive was effected last year the hotel industry revenue has declined by 10 percent.

“We are not happy by the government directive not to be holding meetings in our hotels because it is now killing our business,” he said.

Speaking on Wednesday in Nakuru town, Muibu called on the government to reconsider the decision to save the industry from collapse.

Muibu said the industry was a major employer and that any crisis within the sector would lead to massive loss of employment.

''We are unable to meet our normal obligations because of the loss of revenue and will consider retrenching some of our staff",he said.

He pointed out that the industry was also one of the leading player in generating revenue to the government through taxes.

Muibu said rampant insecurity in the county was also affecting the industry and appealed to the authorities to curb the situation.

“The government needs to realize that we also contribute heavily in generation of revenue in our country,” he said.

He also called on the relevant security agencies to train the hotel staff on securing better security for their clients.

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