The National Hotel Training School is expected to be completed in July next year

A section of Ronald Ngala Utalii College under construction at Vipingo in Kilifi County on July 15, 2020. [Omondi Onyango,Standard]

Ronald Ngala Utalii College (RNUC) – Kenya’s second national hospitality institute – whose completion has been delayed for more than a decade due to funding issues is expected to be completed by July 2023.

Speaking during a site visit over the weekend, Tourism Fund (TF) chairman Alfonse Kioko said the training college would admit 3,000 students when completed.

“We are counting on the full support of the new government to have the necessary funds to complete college and throw it. Its completion and operationalization comes at a good time as tourism in Kenya recovers from Covid-19 which has devastated the economy and led to a slowdown in business worldwide,” said Kioko.

Kioko was accompanied by RNUC Project Resident Works Engineer Paul Mwai, Works Clerk Joseph Mkare and TF Coast Regional Manager John Mutua.

He said the TF board is optimistic that the new government will support the establishment by funding and overseeing it to ensure that the college, which has delayed the opening of more than a decade, is over.

Kioko said that for Kenya to fully exploit Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism, it needs to have an adequate skilled workforce.

It was even then that its board of directors hired the new CS Peninah Malonza Tourism. Former Kenyan Association of Hoteliers and Caterers Coast branch president Titus Kangagi said the institute would ensure a steady flow of skilled labor to hospitality facilities, with local talent being tapped to work onboard the cruise liners , hotels abroad and even airlines. [Philip Mwakio]

Mr Kioko said the college, which sits on 40 acres of land, is being built to international standards with its iconic architectural designs and will offer comprehensive tourism courses including blue economy and training. related to the sea, where cruise line staff can also be trained before. embark on sea voyages.

Another 20-acre parcel near the ocean is set to house a five-star hotel.

”We are looking for a college that will attract both local and international students, with locals paying much lower fees than their international colleagues, which is standard at all international educational institutions,” said Kioko.

“We are keen for the RNUC to also partner with reputable hospitality schools in Switzerland, the UK and France with the aim of professionalising the courses on offer.”

Mr. Kioko alluded to the fact that job profiles in the hospitality industry around the world are changing and the over 50-year-old Kenya Utalii College (KUC) will not be able to contain the demand for ever-changing due to capacity constraints. useful to complement what KUC has been able to achieve as Kenya’s premier hospitality training college.

Kioko said that for Kenya to fully exploit meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition tourism, it needs to have a properly trained workforce on how to host, organize and lead. meetings and the RNUC could have a unit offering such training.

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