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Tourism: Ksh100M conference facility opens its doors in Mombasa

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The government plans to leverage on Meeting, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) has received a boost from the Sunset Paradise Holiday Homes which has launched a Ksh100 million ultra-modern conference facility.

The facility, dubbed Sunset Paradise Holiday Centre which has received a boost from the Sunset Paradise Holiday Homes will tap into local and international conference markets during the tourism off-peak season.

“We have 120 apartments for short term rentals for holiday people from Nairobi and other places which are only able to fill up during holiday time in December, April and August leaving a lot of vacancies in the months in between,” said the Holiday Homes Director, Fredrick Gikandi.

Gikandi added that the facility holds a capacity of 150 persons and is fitted with modern communication and audio visual devices.

“The conference facility is probably the best in terms of equipment, conference facilities that we have enabled us to broadcast, recording, remote conferencing and multi-lingual conference,” he said.

According to the Annual Tourism Sector Performance Report, 2022 MICE tourism accounted for 27.24pc of the total tourist arrivals and has been on an upward trajectory after the COVID-19 interruptions.

“The number of international conferences held in the country significantly increased from 125 in the year 2021 to 248 in the year 2022 year on year from January to September,” stated the report.

Mount Kenya University (MKU) hosted a one-week annual leadership training for the newly elected Student Association officials at the conference facility.

MKU co-founder Jane Gathoni and Vice Chancellor Prof Deogratius Jagani commended Sunset Paradise Holiday Homes for the milestone. Prof Jagani promises to extend their six year-long partnership between MKU and the holiday homes.

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