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Tamarind farewell party for the outgoing General Manager | Coastweek

Coastweek-- Tamarind Management staff hosted a surprise farewell party for the outgoing General Manager Victor M. Shitakha who is leaving the Tamarind Mombasa for greater tasks. The Staff and Management of Tamarind Mombasa wish Victor every blessing as he ventures into this new path he has chosen.
Mombasa Beach Hotel Welcomes V. Shitakha as Chief Executive

Coastweek-- 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 early 60s.

“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 recovery track.

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 Shabab.

The agency, formerly Kenya Tourism Development Corporation, said the loans are priced at nine per cent.

“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 earlier interview.

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 percent.

This coupled with low earnings as a result of the tourism slump left hoteliers with limited recourses to renovate facilities.

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