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Mohammed Hersi Exits Kenya Tourism Federation

Mohammed Hersi
Written by See Africa Today

have you heard about the iconic Kenyan Mohammed Hersi Exits Kenya Tourism Federation? when you talk of Kenya’s tourism industry, it is hard mentioning it without Mohammed Hersi.

Here is a long-serving hotelier in the country. He hangs his boots a few days ago in steering the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) after a four-year stint.

“After 4 years of serving Kenya Tourism Federation as Chairman, my two-term of 4 years has come to an end as I pass the baton to Fred Odek of Silver Tours who was my vice-Chair for the same period,” he says in a farewell message.

The hotelier based in Mombasa adds, “I would like to thank the entire board and the industry for the support they accorded me during my tenure.”

Mohammed Hersi

Mohammed Hersi. [Photo: Voyages Afriq]

History

But who is this tourism icon with such a God-given interest in the country’s tourism industry? Well, here is everything you need to know.

Hersi was born and bred in Kenya. His passion for the hotel industry was always in his system. He joined the industry many years ago, intending to make it better.

And in his tenure as the chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation, he transformed the industry. however Mohammed Hersi Exits Kenya Tourism Federation is a piece of huge news to swallow.

Hotels can now showcase and offer more to visiting tourists thanks to the aggressive promotion of Kenya’s hospitality industry.

Hotel Industry

At the federation’s helm, he showcased the finesse of Kenyan hotels, moreso those in the Coast. Mombasa, Lamu, Kwale, Kilifi, and Taita Taveta make up the coast region.

Coast region tops with the number of visitors flying to Kenya. It is known for its idyllic beaches and superb hotels along the Indian Ocean.

The Coast is relatively warmer than other parts of the country. This warm climate appeals to tourists, especially during winter in the west.

Kenyans also visit Mombasa for holidays and vacations. The numbers of tourists – local and international – visiting the coastal increased over the years.

Kenya Tourism Federation

Part of this growth reflects the outstanding stewardship at the federation Hersi steered for four years.

It was not an easy affair bringing it together but, he still made it.

“It was a challenging period, but I leave KTF a stronger voice on matters Tourism as the umbrella body. I also want to thank Government for all the support they have given us.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the new team will raise the bar to an even higher level,” Mohammed Hersi on his exit.

Kenya Tourism Federation is an umbrella body for the private sector with operations in the hospitality industry. It has an elaborate Safety and Communication Centre that safeguards the pride of the industry.

KTF aims to represent the interests of eight players in the sector.

They include Tour Operators, Hotelkeepers and Caterers, Travel Agents, Air Operators, Mombasa & Coast Tourism, The Pubs Entertainment and Restaurants Association of Kenya, Ecotourism Kenya, and Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association.

Whereas each association works very hard on its own, its ability to effectively address the entire industry’s concerns is limited. Thus, the priority needs of one association’s membership are pretty different from those of another.

Therefore, KTF works for all the associations as an umbrella body.

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