January, 2014

KAHC was represented at the meeting which was held at the Ministry of Tourism Offices. Several other meetings had been done before with the County Executive Finance and the Tourism Executive to deliberate on the Finance Bill. The participants agreed on the issues of concern and were asked to put them in a memorandum whose contents were:

·     Tourism development levy for small accommodation providers with below 50 rooms be revised from the proposed kshs. 5000, to kshs. 2500, but a classification be introduced so that this is not a blanket cushion for “small properties”, catering for quality visitors.

·       Distinguish and separating tour operators transportation from other PSVs, e.g. the “Mini Bus and Bus Levy” and also clarification of monthly ‘sticker’, that is indicated in this article, Tour operation not be grouped in same category as ‘Matatu’ transportation

·       Tour operators conduct their business on a national license and due to involvement of inter-county services should not be subjected to local charges wherever they transverse.

·      On the Bed levy both parties agreed to have the status-quo to remain at 6sh per month with a waiver of three months during the low season.

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