Killian Lugwe, best known in Kampala for heading the team which transformed the former Nile Hotel International into the Kampala Serena Hotel before being posted back to Nairobi at the end of 2010, where after a spell as General Manager of the Nairobi Serena Hotel he now oversees Serenas city hotels in the region, has been appointed by President Kibaki to chair the Hotel and Restaurant Authority. This move was widely hailed as a step into the right direction to professionalize the chairmanships of such bodies and not give such hugely important decisions to political sycophants as was often the case in the past.
Alongside Killian was Caroline Mutoko, a leading broadcasting and media personality in Kenya, appointed as the new chair of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation, while Anthony Wahome will be chairing the Catering and Tourism Development Levy Trustees Board. The globally acclaimed Kenya Utalii College, Kenyas prized institution of higher learning for the hospitality and tourism industry will be chaired by Gerson Misumi, also a hospitality professional of long standing certain to be adding value to the institution.
The new tourism act of 2011 passed by the Kenyan parliament and made law when President Kibaki affixed his signature to the new bill, has prescribed a number of re-constituted and new parastatal bodies to oversee various functions devolved from the Ministry of Tourism to cater to the needs of Kenyas tourism industry, spur growth through new investments and protect and expand this vital sector for Kenyas economy.
Alongside the presidential appointments of chairs did the current minister for tourism Danson Mwazo then appoint board members for the respective parastatals, details of which are still awaited by the time of going to press.