KENYA TO BUILD MORE FACILIIES TO LEVERAGE CONFERENCE TOURISM BOOM

The Kenyan government is planning to put up another conference hall at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre here and to build a convention facility in Mombasa county on the coast to fully leverage on the recnt growth in conference tourism in the country.

Unveiling the task force which is expected to set up a National Convention Bureau here Wednesday, Tourism Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Najib Balala said with Kenya hosting major global summits, the country needed to scale up its conference facilities in order to realize maximum benefits.

Kenya’s conference tourism has been growing, greatly supported by major reforms, security as well as extensive marketing.

While Kenya has hosted several global summits in the last two years, there is concern that the country could be missing out on hosting several other international conferences because of insufficient co-ordination of various public and private facilities in the country.

It was for this treason that Balala announced the government’s intention to form a National Convention Bureau whose main agenda will be to develop guidelines for marketing Kenya as a meeting destination as well as co-ordinate bids for hosting international conferences.

In addition to the construction of a 10,000 capacity convention centre at the Bomas of Kenya, Balala said there are plans to set up an additional conference hall at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre as well as a convention facility in Mombasa County to fully leverage on conference tourism.

With the number of international delegates coming into the country growing from 44,000 in 2014 to 77,000 last year, Balala noted that the numbers were expected to hit the 100,000 mark this year.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK