Kenya hotels lobby for meetings facility

The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers has put forward a proposal for the construction of a world-class convention centre in a bid to compete with neighbouring countries. At a recent three-day meeting in Mombasa for C&I suppliers, investors and government officials, delegates heard that financing for the facility would have to come from the private sector as the government does not have a budget to support such a venture. The meeting also covered a series of measures aimed at making Kenya a more cost-effective destination. These included looking into ways of reducing the cost of utilities, especially electricity and telecoms. Other recommendations put forward by the forum were the need for more incoming charter flights and the development of a Kenya-wide hotel-booking internet portal service.

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