University Events

Kenyatta University through the School of Hospitality, Tourism and leisure Studies in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and UN Environment has been planning the first Hospitality and Tourism National Expo and Conference on Sustainable Development, that was to take place on 13th-16th November, 2018. We are very grateful that you have been greatly supporting this endeavour.

However, during this period most of the key partners and crucial stakeholders had either conflicting programmes or engagements and they requested postponement of the event in order to give it due attention and fully participate. It is due to this reason the steering committee made a decision after careful considerations to postpone the event to the new dates and important information is as follows:

Expo/conference dates: 9th-11th April 2019
Call for papers is open until 25th January 2019.
Submission of abstracts will be from 26th February 2019.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts- 5th march 2019
Full papers received by 26th March 2019
Early bird registration will end on 26th February 2019
Exhibitor registration is open till 10th March 2019.

Early bird International Delegates –USD 150
Regular International Delegates –USD 180
Early bird East African Delegates – KES7,000.
Regular East African Delegates – KES10,000.
Post-graduate Students – KES 5,000
Undergraduate Students – KES4,000 (Full package- Lunch and Conference package)
Undergraduate Students – KES1,000 (Conference package only)

Gala dinner – KES 3,000
Excursion – KES 5,000 (for Nairobi)

Expo Details
The cost of exhibiting is Ksh.50, 000.This fee covers:

  • registration fee for two (02) exhibitors
  • 3m by 3m booth
  • 1 Exhibition table
  • 3 Chairs
  • 1branded bag
  • 1 branded pen
  • 1 branded writing pad
  • Conference publication
  • Water

Extra exhibitors will be required to pay Ksh.3, 500 to cover for lunch and tea.

The event creates an opportunity for all industry stakeholders to converge, share their experiences and devise a way forward for the industry. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

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Kenyatta University GIS Club (KUGISC) with the support of Kenyatta University, School of Environmental Studies, the Department of Environmental Planning and Management and the Directorate of Capacity Development and Consultancy Services and in partnership with Esri Eastern Africa, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and Oakar Services will be holding GISDay 2018 Celebrations on Wednesday 14th November 2018. The GISDay will be preceded by two days of workshops and trainings.

The theme of this year’s GISDay is “DISCOVERING THE WORLD THROUGH GIS” and Kenyatta University’s Rallying Call is “MAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

Kenyatta University is the place to be having been the first in Eastern Africa to receive and implement Esri 100 Africa University’s Site license; named a GIS reference account in Eastern Africa, received Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award (SAG Award – 2015), Her student was nominated one of the Esri 2018 Young Scholars Award and a staff named Esri GIS Ambassador for Africa.

KU has successfully organized and conducted the previous GIS days, trainings by external trainers and was actively involved in Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) International Conference - RIC 2017 and 2018.

Kenyatta University GIS Club (KUGISC) with a 2018 membership of 250, was formed by KU students. The club aims at empowering its members with the spatial knowledge, skills and expertise. These are meant to enable the students boost their spatial knowledge application in research and global problem solving. The club has initiated a variety of activities through which students interact and sensitize each other in sharing geospatial knowledge and experiences. Through many efforts, networking and presence in the geospatial sphere, KUGISC was awarded and recognized among the best YouthMappers Global Network.

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14/11/2018 -  GISDay 2018 Celebration and Public Talks (Open)

12/11/2018 - Workshop 1: Survey 123 Collector (50pax)

12/11/2018 - Workshop 2: Open Source GIS (50pax)

13/11/2018 - Workshop 3: Hexagon Smart App (50pax)

13/11/2018 - Workshop 4: ArcGIS Pro and Online (50pax)

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Capacity building workshop: IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2018

After a very successful event in 2017, this year’s Kenyan chapter of IFITTtalk on Application of GIS in Tourism will take place in Mt. Kenya University, Main Campus Thika, on 8th November, 2018 ( The event is being organized in collaboration with IFITT, Mount Kenya University, Kenyatta University and Karatina University.

The first IFITTtalk in Nairobi took place in Kenyatta University on 9th November 2017 ( IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2017 received the best IFITTtalk Award ( during the ENTER 2018 conference in Sweden in January 2018 (

About the IFITTtalk

The International Federation for Information Technologies and Travel and Tourism (IFITT) is a global community for the discussion, exchange and development of knowledge about the use and impact of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the travel and tourism industry and experience.

Every year, in addition to its main eTourism annual conference, IFITT encourages the organization of local workshops in chapters around the world where its members are represented. These workshops are called IFITTtalk.

Theme: Application of GIS in Tourism

The role of tourism in Kenya’s economy cannot be overemphasized. This value of Kenya’s tourism destination to its visitors emanates from what destination management organizations have put in place to make their areas attractive. Tourism in Kenya is well spread all over the country, with most parts mainly offering nature-based tourism experiences. In order to successfully manage and market the products, there is need to undertake mapping of tourism resources within the Country.

IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2018 is a capacity building workshop that will present ways of identifying and visualizing market trends, patterns, opportunities and threats which otherwise may not be possible with data on paper and in tabular formats, for sustainable planning, marketing and management. GIS technology is considered as the appropriate platform for such a system because it can integrate both qualitative and quantitative information, and can provide a visual display of results thus permitting an easy and efficient appraisal of results, and help to communicate information to all interested parties including customers from all over the world.


The objectives of IFITTtalk@Nairobi are to:

  1. Spark conversations around GIS and the travel and tourism industry
  2. Introduce and stay informed on new approaches in the implementation of GIS in the travel and tourism industry
  3. Transfer knowledge between academia and the industry.

The sub-themes are:

  • Application of GIS in Tourism Development and Research
  • Application of GIS in Tourism Planning
  • Application of GIS in Tourism Marketing
  • Application of GIS in Wildlife Management
  • Application of GIS in Hospitality Management
  • Application of GIS in Tours and Travel

IFITTtalk@Nairobi 2018 is being organized in collaboration with the following organisations from industry and academia:

  • The Ministry of Tourism
  • Kenya Tourism Board (KTB)
  • Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC)
  • Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers (KAHC)
  • Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO)
  • Esriea
  • KWS
  • Women in GIS

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Explain fundamental concepts related to GIS

2. Produce and interpret basic thematic maps using GIS,
3. Understand and apply fundamental principles of map design,
4. Apply a spatial perspective on tourism development and tourism analysis,
5. Use GIS as a tool in reports of spatial analyses concerning tourism-related issues.


Workshop Output

Participants will be guided to develop the following for their areas of specialization:

  • A digital map base for printed maps
  • Digital files for Internet mapping
  • Digital files for mobile mapping
  • Attractions map
  • Website with interactive mapping

Registration fees

International Delegates (with complete conference package) USD50
East African Delegates (with complete conference package) Ksh.3,500
Collaborating Institutions Ksh.1000
Students (with complete conference package) Ksh. 500
Students (without conference package, with certificate only) Ksh.200
Exhibition Ksh.2000

*Kindly note that students will be required to produce their students’ ID.

Online registration deadline: 15th October, 2018.




0800 - 0900 Registration of Delegates Mengo Nyabisi/Dr. Albert Kariuki
0900 - 0945

Introductions /Opening remarks

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife

VC Mt. Kenya Universtity

DVC Mt. Kenya Universtity

DVC Kenyatta University

DVC Karatina University

Dean, Mount Kenya University

Dean, Kenyatta University

Dean, Karatina University

MC: Dr. Mary Mutungi/Mr. Sisinio Muthengi
1010 – 1030

Introduction to IFITT and IFITT talk

IFITT representative - Dr. Ray Mutinda
1030 – 1100 Tea break  
1100 – 1120

Application of GIS in Tourism Development and Research

Prof Simon Onywere

Director, Research Dissemination and Uptake

1120 - 1140

Application of GIS in Tourism Planning

Ronald Kithukumi


1140 - 1200

Application of GIS in Tourism Marketing

Lillian Ndungu


1200 – 1300

Panel discussion :

Discussant: Dr. Boniface Kihima

1300 – 1400 Lunch and networking  

1400 – 1420

Application of GIS in Hospitality Management

May Kitiyo

Women in GIS

1420 - 1440

Application of GIS in Wildlife Management

1440 - 1520

Application of GIS in Tours and Travel

With case study presentations

Kenyatta University Tourism
1520 – 1600

Panel discussion :

Discussant: Dr. Albert Kariuki
1600 – 1645 Award ceremony

Dr. Mary Mutungi

1645 Vote of Thanks and closing

Ms. Nyabisi Mengo





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Contact Persons:- Dr. Ray Mutinda 0721472441; Edgar Ndubi 0722343370 and Nyabisi Mengo 0727586399
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We regret to inform you that the National Conference on Cancer Management scheduled for 15-17th August 2018 has been postponed. The conference was planned as a prelude to the opening of Kenyatta University Hospital, which has been deferred to a later date. We thank you for your interest and apologize for any inconvenience caused.


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