HOTELIERS have praised the decision by the National Environment Management Authority to revise the cost of acquiring waste management licences.
The Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act (EMCA) license introduced by the Environment ministry in 2006 was considered punitive by many hoteliers.
All hotels, irrespective of their sizes, were supposed to pay Sh105,000 to acquire licences.
The charges have been revised to between Sh25, 000 and Sh100,000 depending on size of hotel, the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers has said.
Speaking to the press in Mombasa, KAHC Coast executive officer Sam Ikwaye said small hotels are subjected to high operation costs.
“We raised this issue as small hotels used to pay the same amount as five-star hotels for industrial waste management. This was totally unfair,” he said.
The new rates are now categorized according to the size of hotels, those with 1-25 beds will be paying Sh25, 000 annually, 25-50 bed occupancy will pay Sh30, 000 and 50-75 beds will pay Sh75, 000.
The association’s CEO Mike Macharia said the revision of the licence fees will help small hotels survive harsh economic times.