Kenya is the unofficial “Safari Central” of the world. The country has it all: great weather, amazing wildlife including the Big Five (lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and water buffalo), snow-capped mountains, and miles of beautiful coastline. Couple all this with a diverse, friendly population and a steadily growing hospitality and tourism industry, and you have yourself a perfect destination for those looking to visit the East African coast.
People come from all over the world to experience Kenya’s beautiful vistas, amazing
wildlife, and fascinating cultural diversity. Kenya’s hospitality and tourism industry is one of the largest foreign exchange earners in the country’s economy. With a contribution to the GDP pegged at 10% in 2017, the industry has grown steadily over time. The hospitality sector alone covered over 509,000 jobs in 2007, which was 10% of the country’s total employment. This sector of the industry continues to grow alongside other industries such as food and beverage. This growth has allowed for the construction of large hotels to host tourists in Kenya, which then require well-trained managers and employees to ensure they run smoothly. Part of this steady growth is thanks to the industry’s ability to attract and keep employees. Another factor to the tourism industry’s growth is its prevalence on university and college campuses, many of which have established a number of programs to train students to work in this industry.
The industry can be divided into two major sections; Hospitality Management and Travel and Tourism Management. Universities and colleges seek to teach their students leadership and managerial skills, as well as a sense of professionalism, to enable graduates to succeed in their careers in tourism and hospitality. After graduating, students often find jobs in places like restaurants, convention centers, government food services, casinos, tour companies, travel agencies, resorts, hospitals, and hotels.
Kenya’s diverse beauty attracts people from all over the world. Many of our students in universities and colleges are learning to act as experts and guides to ensure that these tourists have a quality experience when they visit Kenya. Our students not only have to understand their own country inside and out – they also have to understand others from outside of their culture. Building relationships with others and making them happy is a very valuable form of literacy, and we are proud that so many of our students are learning more about these important skills.