Kenya's Minister for Tourism, Mr. J.L.M. Shako, gave a news conference on Friday about plans?
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SHAKO: It has been repeatedly emphasised that it is a fundamental government policy to ensure that private Kenyans own and manage as much as possible of their own economy, including the rapidly growing tourism section. The government will as first priority, encourage local Africans to acquire and manage small and medium sized hotels. Of course, through the various licensing criteria, we will ensure that the level of management and services is retained at the accepted international standards. It is nonetheless clear that hotel development is highly capital intensive. Therefore the government will continue to encourage both local and foreign enterprise."
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Background: Kenya's Minister for Tourism, Mr. J.L.M. Shako, gave a news conference on Friday about plans to Kenyanise the tourist industry.
He said the Government had repeatedly emphasised that it was fundamental policy to ensure Kenyans owned and managed as much of their economy as possible, including the rapidly growing tourism sector.
"Notwithstanding this, however, the government is cognizant that the tourism industry is very sensitive and certain standards of facilities and amenities must be maintained at all times to ensure sustained growth".
The government's plans will affect the ownership and management of hotels, training of staff, safari operations, travel agencies and curio and trophy dealers.
As examples, no new licences are to be issued to non-citizen tour and safari operators or curio and trophy dealers. This ruling will be expanded to other segments of the tourist industry.