Policy Advocacy

The community tourism sector is still developing and there is need to continually lobby the government to include issues that will favor CBTI’s in the policy. KECOBAT has forged strategic alliances with the government and other development partners in relevant fields so as to ensure that the policies CBTE’s sector in Kenya. KECOBAT has develop national operational guidelines for CBTI’s which will be used as a point of reference by the CBTE’s.  Overall KECOBAT strives towards influencing issues that impact on the CBTE's at both national and local levels. 

REVIEW OF HOMESTAY LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

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KECOBAT and Ecotourism Kenya seek to engage the TRA to propose a separate licensing category to suit their businesses. They would like to remove: certificate of registration/incorporation; Memorandum of Articles of Association; copy of menu/tariff; CV and professional certificates of the manager; managers letter of appointment; entry permit for non-Kenyans; affidavit for non-resident directors; environmental audit for existing facilities; and compliance to tourism development plans. Ecotourism Kenya seeks to have a standard affidavit document provided by TRA to enable consideration of rural area or other community based homestays. KECOBAT and Ecotourism Kenya have engaged key stakeholders in the homestays business to get their view on the current licensing requirements. in view of this, three consulattaive workshops have been held in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa to get stakeholders views.  

 

KECOBAT endevours to undertake an efficient advocacy campaign in an effort to seek to:-

  • Enhance the understanding of communities, local people and informal sectors in tourism contribution to development and overall national economy.
  • Influence positively issues that impact on the CBTI's at both national and local levels
  • Actively support broad representation of communities, local people and informal sector to national tourism boards and foras involved in tourism development planning and drafting of regulations and legislations
  • Incorporate and prioritize community interests in tourism planning
  • Ensure national training curriculum are explicitly designed to meet the needs and enhance the skills of rural people and communities involved in tourism  

 

Our Advocacy concept is structured to advance the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) of the United Nations. The first and overriding goal is to "Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger". It is our conviction that tourism can make a substantial contribution to achieve this objective and if it is more effectively used to change and improve the lives of people of Kenya besides conserving our abundant , diverse and fascinating fauna and flora. If this great national wealth can be correctly conserved and managed, their sustainable utilization will surely contribute significantly to the long-term development of the country and its people. 

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ACHIEVEMENTS

Some of the Advocacy achievements include:

  • Development of National Homestays Guidelines adopted and only awaiting gazettement by the Ministry of Tourism 
  • Chaired Ministerial committee that developed Culture and Heritage strategy, Agrotourism Strategy that have been adopted and launched by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Lobbied and advocated successfully for the inclusion of some issues that positively impact on the CBTIs into the tourism act and Tourism Policy
  • Built a good working relation with a wide variety of tourism stakeholders

 

About KECOBAT

The Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) network was launched in August 2003 as a membership umbrella organization representing the interest of Community Based Tourism (CBT) organizations in Kenya.

It aims to facilitate information sharing; delivering appropriate technical support and advisory services; mediating and lobbying their interests to government and other relevant institutions and thereby integrating community concerns into national tourism.

Contact Us

Mutall Business Centre , Kiserian

P.O BOX 42745 - 00100,

Nairobi, Kenya   

Tel: +254 (0) 20 231 9458

Cell: +254 726 489 446,

      +254 720 546 457

Email: info@kecobat.org

Website: www.kecobat.org