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Hotels bank on conferences as low season looms

Kenya has been experiencing a steady growth in tourist arrivals for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) over the past few years, largely driven by strong investor confidence and strategic positioning of the country as a gateway to East Africa. And this year, several hotels are gearing up to host some of the major conferences set to be held at the Coast.

For instance, local hotel chain, PrideInn Group of Hotels is looking to host five international conferences this year, affirming its confidence and robust capacity to handle mega meetings.

The hotel’s Managing Director, Hasnain Noorani says the hotel will host 79th Edition of Skal International World Congress scheduled for October 2017 in Mombasa, saying preparations for this historic event are underway.

Similarly, planned inaugural daily flights from Nairobi to New York and latest ranking of Nairobi, as top travellers choice across the globe will boost traffic to local hotels and spur growth in the MICE segment.

Luxury hotel operator Hemingways Collection says Kenya is well positioned to reassert its command of Africa’s hospitality and tourism market. This follows the high rating of Nairobi as a top world destination and naming of two Kenyan hotels among the best in Africa by reputable American travel website TripAdvisor.

The collection’s crown jewel, Hemingways Nairobi, was voted among the top 25 hotels in Africa while the capital city emerged as the third most trending destination globally in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2018 Awards.

The hotel was also a winner in three other categories. Travellers described Nairobi as an energetic modern city that serves as a fascinating introduction to both wildlife and nightlife. TripAdvisor said the city is safe and modes of communication make tourism facilties accessible. Meanwhile, the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), one of the biggest property investment conference in Africa, will return to Nairobi from October 2 to 4.

The event was last hosted in Kenya in 2013. “I am delighted that we have brought Africa’s highest profile hotel investment forum back to Kenya. At AHIF, we will be making a compelling case for investment in the hospitality sector across Kenya.

Nairobi is already the established business hub of East Africa but there is so much more opportunity in our country,” says Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala.

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