We’ll expand KICC to boost business tourism, says CS
GILBERT KOECH/ Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has announced a raft of measures aimed at tapping revenue from international conferences and meetings.
Balala on Wednesday said the government is keen on promoting business tourism, adding there are plans to expand Kenyatta International Convention Centre to accommodate more visitors.
“I have instructed KICC to have another Tsavo room,” he spoke at his office after launching a taskforce that will market Kenya as a meeting destination.
He gave the team 60 days to present a report on how best the government can gain from meetings, conventions and exhibitions held in the country.
The Tasneem Adamji-led team is comprised of JS Vohra, Charles Campbell, Anne Murungi, Jeffers Miruka, Mohammed Abdullahi, Vicki Muyanga and Mahmud Jammohamed. The CS also launched a tourism Protection Service taskforce to beef up tourists’ security.
Balala said plans are underway to have another convention centre set up in Mombasa, adding the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building is scheduled early next year. He said business spending has been growing over time as it generated 37.5 per cent of direct gross domestic product in 2014, up from 34.6 percent in 2013.