A Veteran hotelier, Victor M. Shitakha
has taken over as Chief Executive at government owned Mombasa
Beach Hotel, reports TITUS MUSAU.
Shitakha who previously worked at the
Tamarind Hotel, Mombasa in the same capacity takes over at the
hotel which is one of the oldest holiday resorts built in the
“I have firmly settled at Mombasa
Beach Hotel and hope to help turn around the fortunes of
this once magnificent hospitality jewel,” Shitakha said.
Apart from overseeing Mombasa Beach
Hotel which is a 151 roomed facility, Shitakha will also be in
charge of Voi and Ngulia Safari Lodges respectively.
He said that his first brief at the
facility will be to ensure hotel upgrade in room facilities as
well as mop up its marketing to entice both the local, regional
and international clientele.
The new manager is facing a daunting
task to ensure that debtors who owe the hotel an undisclosed
amount of money pay up in order to bring the hotel fully onto
Shitakha’s arrival at the state owned
hotel comes at a time the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC), who
is the main shareholders of Kenya Safari Lodges and Hotels
Limited (KSLH), which owns Mombasa Beach Hotel, has set
asideSh800 million loan kitty for hoteliers to improve and
upgrade their facilities, the state-owned agency said yesterday.
Further, he said the Corporation,
through the Tourism ministry, has secured Sh10 billion from the
government for the formation of a Hotel Refurbishment Revolving
Fund, an undertaking that had been announced by Tourism Cabinet
Secretary Najib Balala in August.
The loan facility, TFC said, will help
in the recovery programmes for the industry, which has been
battered by insecurity perceptions linked to militant group, al
The agency, formerly Kenya Tourism
Development Corporation, said the loans are priced at nine per
“We will start lending in the current
month. We want to support the industry again but we will be
looking at innovative and eco-friendly projects in the
industry,” Managing Director Mr. Jonah Orumoi said in an
Lack of the kitty at the government’s
main financial support organisation for the tourism industry had
left hoteliers with no option but to seek commercial banks loans
at exorbitant rates, prior to the capping of the rates at four
per cent above the Central Bank of Kenya rate, currently at 10
This coupled with low earnings as a
result of the tourism slump left hoteliers with limited
recourses to renovate facilities.