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Supermarkets and stores to pay 2 per cent Tourism Levy

Tourism  Fund  is expecting  to  tax supermarkets and convenient stores 2 per cent tourism levy on gross sales from sales and drinks monthly.

The  tax  shall  be  paid  on  or  before  the  tenth day of the subsequent month, failure to which it will attract an instant  penalty of  Sh.5000.

Speaking   on  Thursday  during  a  meeting with supermarkets owners and tourism stakeholders the Tourism Fund in  Nairobi, Board of  Trustees Chairman, Alphonce  Kioko explained that the levy to be paid will help a lot the tourism sector in the country.

He  said  that  the  levy  will  contribute a lot to tourism fund finances that  will  be channeled to various bodies that will  work  to revive the slump in tourism.

“The  tourism levy  collected  will  not  only finance the marketing of Kenya as a tourist destination through the tourism  board but also finance the activities of the protection services,” said Kioko.

Kioko  further  explained  that  the  levy  will  fund the activities of the tourism sector safety, communication and Crisis  Management Centre and will mobilize resources to support tourism related activities.

“This  tax  will  finance  training  and capacity development activities of the college and other tourism hospitality training  institution,” he added.

Kioko  reiterated that the taxes received in the past from the hospitality industry has made the organization to increase  disbursement of finances to hospitality institutions and partnering with university to offer tailor made courses  that  will enhance the standard of services offered and marketing Kenya to the outside world as the best tourist destination.

He  said  the organization is exploring more ways to improve services by building a strong collaborative initiative with the private sector.

The  Kenya  Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) Chief Executive Officer, Mike  Macharia said that through their tourism levy remittance the organization has highly benefitted.

“We have experienced improved number of tourists, our employees have been able to go for refresher courses making them better and formation of tourism professional association,” said Macharia.

The  Tourism  Fund  CEO, Joseph  Cherutoi  said  that  their  intention  is  to  diversify  the resource base for financing  development of sustainable tourism industry through innovation, service excellence and stakeholder engagement.

By  Purity  Mumbua/Peter  Ochol

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