The School of Hospitality and Tourism of Kenyatta University was founded in March 2009. It was established to cater for the ever increasing demand for further advanced training, education and personnel for the hospitality and tourism industry. The Tourism industry is one of the largest foreign exchange earners in Kenya and contributes above 10% to the GDP as well as the economy. The school began as a Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2002, admitting its first batch of about 150 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. During that time, it had three (3) members of staff and relied heavily on part-time lecturers for the implementation of the programmes; and only one (1) kitchen laboratory and two (2) support staff. The current exponential growth of student numbers and the diversity of the programmes have led to expansion of the school and as a result, the school’s programmes have been introduced in various Kenyatta University satellite and constituent campuses such as Mombasa Campus and recruitment of more members of staff is ongoing. 

With the need to meet increasingly qualitative and quantitative needs of the industry in terms of manpower, the School of Hospitality and Tourism seeks to pursue major strategic outcomes that aim at: inculcating a culture of excellence; pursuing academic and skill-based student outcomes; enhancing a culture of innovation and creativity as well as creating programs that support professional growth as well as development of all staff and students.


1. Annual Academic seminar  
The School of Hospitality and Tourism in conjunction with Kenyatta University Hospitality and tourism students association (KUHOST) held a very successful professional seminar on 27th February 2015. The theme of the seminar was “Sustainable Hospitality and Tourism in Kenya”. The chief guest and Keynote speaker was Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa, the Managing Director of Kenya Tourism Board, and the round table discussions on various topics of tourism sustainability was shared by Judy Kephar of Sustainable travel and Tourism Agenda, Patrick Marekia of Panari Hotel, Christine Sayo of Volunteers from Africa, Stephen Machua of Change Mind Change Future and Peter Moll of Stand up Shout out Kenya. The discussions were run by Students guided questions on sustainability. The main outcome of the seminar is a MoU between Kenyatta University, School of Hospitality and Tourism and Kenya Tourism Board to provide regular internship for both students and staff for knowledge exchange and research. The students shall also get mentorshiprom Change Mind Change Future organization.

2. The Chinese Spring Festival
The school also hosted the Chinese year of the goat 2015 called “The Spring Festival”. The festival focused on how to strengthen the ties between the school of hospitality and Tourism and Confucius Institute where the institute trains the Hospitality and Tourism students Chinese Language and Culture. This was one of the most colourful events that took place this first quarter of 2015 as organized by the school.
Papers Presented at Conferences
Various members of staff participated and presented the following articles at The International Interdisciplinary Business-Economis Advancement conference held between 28th March to 2nd April 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA;
1.Maingi, W,S, Ondigi, A.N, (2015): Tourism Destination Branding Effectiveness in a Developing Country Context
2.Khayiya, R.A, (2015): Establishing a Niche for Kenya’s Coastal Gastronomy


To be a practically oriented and internationally renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism


To provide high quality professional instruction, research and community service in Hospitality and Tourism Management


"A community of scholars committed to the generation and dissemination of knowledge and cultivation of wisdom for the welfare of society.”


We provide valuable training, learning and research opportunities for students in Hospitality and Tourism. We seek to offer educational opportunities that accentuate on the importance of quality, self-worth and achievement within a stimulating, warm and supportive atmosphere.


The School seeks to:

  •  Pursue academic and skill-based students’ outcomes.
  •  Inculcate a culture of excellence.
  •  Endeavour to identify and serve the needs of the various stakeholders.
  •  Adopt the principle of continuous improvement.
  •  Create programs and support training, professional growth and development for all employees.
  • Enhance a culture of innovation and creativity



  • Eco-warrior Programme of the year award 2012



  1. Acquired a training facility (Northcoast beach Hotel) in the hub of tourism circuit in Coastal region of Kenya
  2. Completed a state of the art School complex at the Main campus with post-modern laboratory
  3. Promotion of Scholarship, service and academic leadership in Hospitality and Tourism
  4. Participated in conferences, symposia, research and tourism development initiatives for VICRES, IGAD, COMESA, UNECA and other international institutions 


  • Research organizations
  • Government bodies (Central and local)
  • Destination Marketing organizations
  • Airlines
  • NGOs and CBOs
  • Environmental bodies & Consultancies
  • Sectoral associations: KATO, KATA
  • Hotel chains, DMCs & Tour operators
  • Development organizations eg UNDP,UNECA, UNWTO
  • International & regional bodies e.g. IATA, UNESCO, ILO, EAC
  • Community organizations


The School of Hospitality and Tourism has unique development priorities and opportunities which include developing:-

  1. African Institute for Tourism Policy Research and Development
  2. Tourism training and capacity building within IGAD/COMESA and EAC.
  3. Tourism Executive Development Programme and short courses
  4. UNWTO-TedQual accreditation for tourism
  5. Accreditation with the Tourism Management Institute and the Tourism Society
  6. Collaborative Research in Tourism and Hospitality


The School has established internal and external linkages with the following institutions especially to develop academic and research collaboration, and cultural interchanges:

  1. James Madison University(USA)
  2. North Dakota State University(USA)
  3. California State University-East Bay(USA)
  4. East Carolina State University(USA)
  5. Oklahoma State University(USA)
  6. Marriot Chain of Hotels(Dubai)


  1. East African Tourism Platform (EATP)
  2. Rural Tourism Network (RTN KENYA)
  3. Ecotourism Kenya (EK)
  4. Travel and Tourism Research Network (TTRA)
  5. International Tourism Research Network (TRINET)
  6. Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP KENYA)
  7. Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK)


The School academic members of staff are active members of various associations such as the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (ITHM); Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA); Operations Research Association of East Africa (ORSEA); Ecotourism Kenya (ESOK); Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG); Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) amongst others. 

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