On 20th June 2023 TPA officials paid a courtesy call to the cabinet secretary of Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage Hon. Peninah Malonza, OGW. The meeting was to update the CS on the programs recently undertaken by TPA and seek her guidance and support in advancing TPA’s primary purpose of promoting the growth and enhancement of professional standards in the Kenyan tourism industry.
TPA is provided for in the Tourism Act 2011, Section 11 of the Tourism Regulations Act- TRA, which establishes a tourism professional and practitioner’s body known as the Tourism Professional Association.
The following was reported during the meeting:
- A partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage to undertake the first-ever inventory of ALL Tourism and Hospitality practitioners in Kenya.
- The establishment of a tourism and hospitality sector institute for examining and coordinating training and certification for professional practice.
- TPA’s involvement in the ongoing curriculum review by the Ministry of Education.
- Ministry’s support and goodwill to champion the growth of TPA.
To achieve the above highlighted, the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage together with TRA and TF will work together and give TPA the mandate as recognized by the Tourism Act.
Collaboration and partnership of all Tourism and Hospitality Associations and Trade unions will contribute to the growth of the industry.