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1 Ministry of Tourism, Kenya Tourism Legislation Fourth Annual Ecotourism Conference 21 st February 2012 Nairobi

2 Background  Tourism sector has relied on outdated & fragmented policy and legal instruments:  Sessional Paper No. 8 of 1969 on Development of Tourism in Kenya;  Tourist Industry Licensing Act (TILA) Cap 381 of 1968;  Hotels & Restaurants Act (HRA) Cap 494 of 1972;  KTDC Act,1967; Wildlife Act Cap 376

3 Need for New Policy & Legal Framework  After impressive growth from1960s s the sector witnessed unprecedented decline from the 1990s  Socio-economic, geo-political, environmental and technological forces of change introduced new concepts of doing business  Over reliance on the traditional beach and wildlife ‘safari’  Unplanned expansion of accommodation facilities in key tourism areas  Need for harmonization of policies & legislation

4 New Tourism Policy  Sessional Paper No.1 of 2010 on Enhancing Sustainable Tourism in Kenya  Goal: achieve sustainable tourism that contributes to a better quality of all people  Key Guiding Principles: community values; code of practice; environmental assessment; sustainable use; conservation; inter and intra- generational equity, polluter pays principle, etc Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

5 New Tourism Policy  Enhancing Tourism Development 1.Product diversification ( eco-tourism, community based projects; homestays, agro-tourism, MICE);establish carrying capacities for Tourism Areas 2. Promote Tourism ethics and standards 3.Tourism Pricing 4.Research 5.Infrastructure and transport  Tourism Promotion and Marketing  Human Resource Development  Legal and Institutional Framework Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

6 Tourism Act 2011 An Act of Parliament to provide for the development, management, marketing and regulation of sustainable tourism and tourism related activities and services and for connected purposes

7 Ministry of Tourism, Kenya Tourism Act - Highlights  Comprises 11 parts as follows:  Part I : Preliminary  Part II: Formulation of National Tourism Strategy Prescribe principles, objectives, standards, indicators, procedures & incentives for devt., mgt & marketing of the sustainable tourism: Packaging of niche tsm products Stds for development of area plans Innovative schemes, incentives & ethics for sustainable tourism Adaptation & mitigation measures on climate change

8 Ministry of Tourism, Kenya Tourism Act - Highlights  Part III: Establishment of Tourism Regulatory, Development and Marketing Bodies (Tourism Regulatory Authority, Kenya Utalii College, Tourism Protection Service; Kenya Tourism Board and Kenyatta International Convention Centre)  Part IV: Establishment of Tourism Research and Monitoring Institute  Part V: Establishment of Financial Bodies (Tourism Fund and Tourism Finance Corporation)  Part VI: Establishment of the Tribunal

9 Tourism Act - Highlights  Part VII: Tourism Licensing and Tax Provisions  Part VIII: Annual Estimates, Accounts and Audit Provisions  Part IX: Offences, Penalties and Enforcement  Part X; General Provisions  Part XI: Transitional and Repeal Provisions Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

10 Opportunities for Eco-tourism  (3): National Tourism Strategy (niche products, Tourism Area Development Plans)  Subsidiary Legislation: Guidelines, Rules & Regulations (mainly under TRA)  7(1a): Guidelines & measures for sustainable tourism  7 (1d): Criteria for standardization and classification  7(1e): Hospitality & Tourism Curriculum Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

11 Opportunities for Eco-tourism  7(1f): Code of Practice for the tourism sector (TRA)  53: Tourism Research – sustainable tsm, carrying capacities, conservation needs  106: Fiscal/Tax incentives and disincentives  111: Prohibition & offences relating to pollution Ministry of Tourism, Kenya

12 Thank You


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