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THE ANNUAL KATA AGM & TRAVEL CONVENTION 2024

The Kenya Association of Travel Agents (KATA) is organizing the Annual KATA AGM & Travel Convention 2024.

The event was held in Mombasa at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa from 7th – 8th June 2024, under the theme “Make the connection…”

About Us

The Kenya Association of Travel Agents is the national umbrella body for Travel Agents in Kenya, with a growing membership of over 240 Travel Agencies. It is Kenya’s largest and only membership organization for travel agents. KATA transitioned from a society to a company limited by guarantee in 2018, providing more space for growth and defending the travel trade. KATA is a member of the Universal Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF), and African Tourism Council. It also hosts the Secretariat of the Association of Eastern and Southern African Travel Agents (AESATA).

Our Vision

To be the leading authority on travel in Kenya

Our Mission

To champion & sustain growth of the travel industry in Kenya

Represent members in local and international spaces.

Lobbying for favourable policies on behalf of members.

Protect travel trade through advocacy and enforcing code of ethics and standards

Members and association through institutional capacity building.

Networking and building partnerships with local and international organizations.

Our core

Values

We strive to be the best in everything we do. Exceeding expectations for continual improvement
Excellence
core
We adhere to work ethics, respect and consideration for others.
Professionalism
core
We are committed to principles of trustworthiness, honesty and reliability in order to build the credibility of the Association and its members.
Integrity
core
We adhere to reasonable due diligence in conduct of business on behalf of members.
Care
core
We foster the spirit of working together and collaborating for greater achievements.
Unity
core

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr Joseph Kithitu
CHAIRMAN
Hamisi Hassan
VICE CHAIRMAN
Said Tahir
FINANCE DIRECTOR
Margaret Gitonga
HONORARY SECRETARY
Patrick Kamanga
COAST LIAISON
Mr Abdikadir Mohamed
Director
Caroline Malinda
DIRECTOR
Tracy Scott
DIRECTOR
Geoffrey Kobia
DIRECTOR
Grace Ndung'u
ALLIED LIAISON
David Thumbi
GO-LITE LIAISON
Nicanor Sabula
CEO

Board Committees

KATA board committees support the Board in executing its mandates. Members of these committees include members sitting on the Board and others drawn from the general membership. A typical committee will have a membership of between 5-7 members who serve on voluntary basis. Meetings of the board committees are held quarterly unless there are compelling reasons that may force the committee to meet more frequently.

The role of the Executive Committee is to implement the Board’s fiduciary, strategic plans, policies, and decisions consistent with the organization’s Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles. The Executive Committee supports the CEO and engages in decision making between Board meetings or in urgent and crisis circumstances. The Executive Committee can act on behalf of the full Board.

The Executive Committee consist of the Chairperson of the Association, Chairpersons of the Board Committees and the CEO.

The Committee Members are;

  1. Dr Joseph Kithitu – Board Chairman
  2. Hamisi Hassan – Vice Chairman
  3. Said Tahir – Finance Director
  4. Margaret Gitonga – Honorary Secretary

Assists the Board in its oversight of the Association’s integrity of the financial statements, Association’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirement, assurance of effective and independent audit & risk assessment function; and performance of the Associations internal control and information technology systems.

The Committee Members are;

  1. Mr. Said Tahir
  2. Dr. Joseph Kithitu
  3. Ms. Grace Ndungu
  4. Mr. Geoffrey Kobia
  5. Mr.R. Sathyamoorthy

The committee oversees and monitors the implementation of the Association’s strategies to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Association are being met and advised the board on any changes in the strategic direction of the Association. The committee also advises the Board in its dealings with IATA related issues including representation at the various IATA forums. The committee also supports the Board to build and foster relations with key industry partners such government, regulatory authorities, airlines, GDS companies, training institutions, other industry associations among others.

The Committee Members are;

  1. Margaret Gitonga
  2. Hamisi Hassan
  3. Geoffrey Kobia
  4. David Thumbi
  5. Lilian Mutumira

The committee is charged with the responsibility of managing membership related services that include recruitment, development, strengthening and disciplinary cases and handles all the consumer complaints.

The Committee Members are;

  1. Mr. Abdikadir Mohammed
  2. Ms. Grace Ndungu
  3. Mr. Isaac Kamande
  4. Mr. Hamisi Hassan
  5. Ms. Caroline Malinda
  6. Ms. Tracy Scott

The Mombasa sub-committee plays a vital role in representing the interests and addressing the needs of KATA Members operating in the Mombasa region. The sub-committee serves as a platform for collaboration, advocacy, and networking among its members. Its primary responsibility is to promote and protect the rights and welfare of travel agents in Mombasa, while also fostering professional development and growth within the industry.

Members

  1. Mr. Patrick Kamanga
  2. Mr. Dinesh Dhodhia
  3. Mr. Mohammed Bafagih
  4. Ms. Shariffa Bhatt
  5. Ms. Falmina Firoz

The mandate of this sub-committee is to assist the Executive Committee in reviewing and coordinating the overall Go Lite members’ strategic agenda and priority setting, and tracks implementation. It also undertakes focused and deep analysis of key priority issues and themes, and their strategic implications.

  1. Mr. David Thumbi
  2. Mr. Ashok Hilai
  3. Mr. Joshua Kiragu
  4. Mr. John Liyayi
  5. Ms. Beryl Sijii

The mandate of this sub-committee is to assist the Executive Committee in reviewing and coordinating the overall Allied Members’ strategic agenda and priority setting, and tracks implementation. It also undertakes focused and deep analysis of key priority issues and themes, and their strategic implications.

  1. Ms. Grace Ndungu
  2. Ms. Salome Wambua
  3. Ms. Falmina Firoz
  4. Ms. Lilian Yahuma
  5. Ms. Catherine Kanya
Our Mandate 
Represent
Represent members in local and international spaces.
Influence
Lobbying for favourable policies on behalf of members.
Defend
Protect travel trade through advocacy and enforcing code of ethics and standards.
Empower
Members and association through institutional capacity building
Socialize
Networking and building partnerships with local and international organizations.


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