International Hotel and Tourism Institute (IHTI)

International Hotel and Tourism Institute

Private College

Dagoretti South Constituency, Nairobi County

Accredited by: Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA)

About International Hotel and Tourism Institute

International Hotel and Tourism Institute (ihti) is a hospitality training centre committed to excellence with modern training facilities.

The hospitality industry is one of the world's largest employers. There is a growing demand for hospitality graduates with business management skills and training. Our BTEC and AHLEI Accredited courses provide competitive advantage in the hospitality industry and prepare the individual to meet high standards of professional excellence. ihti is one of the best and highly ranked cooking colleges in Kenya

ihti has modern training facilities comprising of theory and application classrooms. These include: a well equipped kitchen, a modern computer laboratory, and a well-stocked learning resource centre. ihti also provides 24 hour internet connectivity, providing staff and students with excellent facilities for research and communication, hence making us the ideal institute in Kenya for developing a well rounded hospitality professional.


The vision of ihti is to become the hospitality and tourism education and training institution of choice in Africa


ihti seeks to provide hospitality and tourism training that meets the highest international standards. ihti will strive to mould its students into credible and respected professionals and place them in highly rewarding and progressive career paths.


  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Responsibility



The Business and Technology Education Council BTEC through Edexcel has accredited ihti to offer BTEC qualifications. The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) offered by ihti is recognized for advanced entry to first-degree courses by universities around the world. The ihti Diploma programmes are recognized and awarded BTEC qualification.


The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) provides high-quality educational materials to schools and universities throughout the world, preparing hundreds of thousands of students for careers in the ever-expanding hospitality field.

Established in 1953, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), a non-profit organization, is committed to investing in the workforce development of the hospitality industry. For over 60 years, we have provided hospitality education and training solutions to those preparing for hospitality careers and those already working in the industry.


An exceptional aspect of the value offered by ihti to its students is its outstanding international connections. Through its sister company, PIE International Educational Services, ihti provides its graduates with excellent opportunities to advance their hospitality education and training in a variety of affiliate schools abroad, which provide excellent credits to ihti graduates. No school has as large a network of such schools as ihti within the region.

With a diploma qualification from ihti graduates enjoy very generous credits to further their and studies and obtain internationally recognized degrees in any of the schools below.

Generous credits that allow ihti graduates holding the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management to do only one year in class and six months internship (2 years in class in the case of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Culinary Arts), to get a degree qualification.

10% Discount on Tuition Fees in most of the schools


ihti is a member of the following international and national bodies:

  • International Association of Hotel Schools (EUHOFA)
  • World Association for Tourism and Hotel Training (AMFORHT)
  • Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers & Caterers (KAHC)
  • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education(ICHRIE)


ihti students are very fortunate to enjoy the services of two other companies operating under the same roof


The main function of PIEIES is to provide support to students wishing to pursue hospitality education in any of the quality institutions PIEIES represents. PIEIES experience in this industry allows it to prepare students as well as parents to make the vital cultural adjustment which is a key factor for an enjoyable and successful learning experience.

PIEIES is renowned for its ability to prepare students to engage in successful studies while overseas. We do this by assisting in every aspect, from the preparation of applications for easier admission to the compilation of supporting documents for visa requirements. PIEIES also supports graduates in their career development. Thus, PIEIES is the Patron of the very active Alumni of the schools it represents, in the region.


PIE was founded by Ambassador Mwakai K. Sio, one of the leading experts in the hotel industry in Africa, assisted by a team of a highly qualified team of associates. The PIE team includes leading hotel and tourism experts from Kenya and overseas. With its international contacts and wealth of internal human resources, PIE is ideally positioned to provide world standard planning and management solutions for the hotel and tourism industry.

International Hotel and Tourism Institute History

International Hotel and Tourism Institute (ihti) was pioneered by five renowned hospitality education professionals led by Ambassador Mwakai Sio.

ihti opened its doors to new students in May 2005, with an initial admission of only four (04) students.

The institution rapidly gained recognition and fame and now has a total of over 250 students from 5 different countries.

Courses offered at International Hotel and Tourism Institute

Front Office Operations

International Hotel and Tourism Institute
1 year
Higher Diploma
3 years

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Culinary Arts

International Hotel and Tourism Institute
Higher Diploma
2 years

Food and Beverage Management

International Hotel and Tourism Institute
2 years