05 December 2011

Kenya Tourist Board

The Kenyan Government has announced plans to enhance the countries business infrastructure with a 5,000 capacity convention centre planned for Mombasa and a similar conference centre in Kisumu.


Regarded as eastern Africa’s economic hub, Kenya has developed a long affinity with the meeting, incentive, conference and events (MICE) market, dating back to the first international conference held by the World Bank in 1973 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre’s (KICC) in Nairobi.


Today, this market accounts for around 14 per cent of the yearly overall tourism to Kenya, and has been identified by the Kenyan Government as an area for significant growth opportunities.


KICC managing director, Beatrice Makawiti said “Our country’s ranking in the industry has been rising exponentially (in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICAA) rankings), and now the country stands at No.3 in Africa, closing in on South Africa and Egypt”.


In the ICCA 2009 statistics Kenya was placed fourth on the continent for qualifying meetings. At the global level, Kenya has moved up four places to number 56 in the latest 2010 country rankings.


Tourism Minister Hon. Najib Balala has instructed the Kenya Tourism Development Corporation to proceed to the design stage for the convention centres in Kisumu and Mombasa.


Minister Balala said, “The Kenyan Government sees the long-term benefits of this market and is dedicated to continuing to invest and develop the required facilities to service this market.


“We see great opportunity for meetings, incentives, conferences and events and we plan to maximise this to its full potential,” he said.


Both projects are set to be completed by the end of 2012.


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