By Erick Muge.
Hospitality stakeholders have said over-regulation from various bodies’ is creating too much discomfort for those operating in the sector.
They said over-regulation of the hospitality industry is stifle growth of the sector.
Led by the Director Kiambu Institute of Hotels and Catering Frank Kibugi, the stakeholders noted that many regulations prevent aspiring entrepreneurs from starting a business.
They lamented that regulation has become so lucrative that today they paid levies to several Government agencies.
Kibugi said the sector pays a lot of money in form of levies, licensing and registration fees to the county governments, Tourism Regulatory Authority, Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) and the Ministry for Higher Education.
They now want Government agencies to be flexible as it was not only hard to start a business but also to operate.
“We pay over Sh100, 000 to the Tourism Regulatory Authority, over Sh25,000 to the County Government and some other cash to TVET, yet we don’t benefit from these payments as private institutions,” he said.
Kibugi observed that while some regulation of the hospitality sector is needed, it should be explicitly recognised that there is an increasingly significant cumulative cost of a burgeoning regulatory country.