Hotels in Mombasa record good business from conferences

Tourist hotels in Mombasa County registered brisk business from conferences during the month of January.

Most of the hotels have spruced up their conference facilities to attract more business from both public and private sectors.

Among the hotels that took a lion’s share from the lucrative conference business last month includes, PrideInn Paradise, Whitesands, Serena and Travellers Beach Resorts.

This comes shortly after hotels at the Coast recorded huge profits during the Christmas and New Year festivities following massive bookings from both international and domestic visitors.

At the new PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort and Convention Centre, the hotel was at some occasion forced to transfer some of the meetings to other hotels due to unavailability of accommodation.

Conferences and other corporate meetings kept us extremely busy during the month of January, said the hotel General Manager Mohamed Omar during an interview with KNA on Friday.

Omar said the Convention Centre with a capacity of 2, 500 people at the hotel was a key factor behind attracting high profile conferences and other meetings.

During the official opening of the PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort and Convention Centre in January last year, Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala said there was a need to diversify tourism products from the traditional beach tourism to convention and conference tourism.

We must shift focus to conference tourism to boost the sector, added Balala.

Some of the conferences that took place last month include induction meetings by various Parliamentary Committees and County Assemblies.

The MPs took advantage of their long recess to engage and familiarize with national government ministries on their programs, budgetary requirements and other activities.

The General Manager of Travellers Beach Hotel and Club, Fred Kiuru said hoteliers were encouraged with the increased number of conferences taking place at the tourist resort coastal city.

Kiuru said this has forced many hotels to expand and equip their conference rooms with modern facilities to attract more business and also meet the demands of their clients.

Mombasa is set to host the 79th Skal International World Congress in October this year. Skal is a body that incorporates tourism players both in travel and hospitality sectors. Over 1, 000 international delegates were expected to attend.

A number of top hotels and other tourism stakeholders are positioning themselves to benefit from this prestigious conference.

Source: Kenya News Agency