We’ll ex­pand KICC to boost busi­ness tourism, says CS

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

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.

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