16th August 2018
The 79th SKAL International World Summit is expected to boost Kenya tourism in Mombasa and to raise the County’s profile as a tourist destination of choice on World map beginning this October.
Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala disclosed to Twende Safari that so far over 200 delegates from 24 countries have confirmed participation at the world event with the number expected to increase to about 500 in the coming weeks.
The SKAL International World Congress brings together tourism, travel and hospitality players from all over the globe of which Kenya lost the bid in 2015 over increased security concerns and threats in the country. Mombasa is in top preparation gears to host the 79th SKAL event in October.
In readiness for this and other upcoming international events, The Mombasa County Government has embarked on a major face-lift to ensure uniform color paintings for the buildings, redesigning and re-carpeting of roads and pavements alongside lighting up of streetlights across the city in readiness for the event.
The National and Mombasa County governments are expected to spend an estimated amount of Ksh.70 million in hosting the congress. Delegates will have the opportunity to showcase various travel products including beach and safari destinations at the coast and upcountry respectively.
The Tourism CS confirmed to Twende Safari that the SKAL Congress will upwardly increase tourist numbers and revenue earnings in the country.
Twende Safari also confirmed that the national carrier, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines are currently booking on special offer summit delegates slated for October in Mombasa.