The 26th WTA Awards in Mauritius, Nairobi has been named Africa’s leading business travel destination, while the Kenyatta International Convention Center has been awarded Africa’s leading meetings and conference destination at this year’s 26th annual World Travel Awards.
The KICC convention center beat other notable contenders like the Cairo Convention Center in Egypt; Kigali Convention Center in Rwanda; Palais Des Congress Marrakech in Morocco; and the Sandton Convention Center, the Cape Town Convention Center and the Durban Convention Center, all in South Africa.
Speaking during the acceptance of the award KICC Chief Executive Officer Nana Gecaga, said Nairobi winning such a prestigious international award is a huge boost and motivation for Kenya’s tourism sector.
“This award goes out to all of us in the meetings industry, who work tirelessly to ensure that we are at the top of our game. The awards truly attest to the fact that Nairobi and KICC offers the best MICE experience in the region,” she said
Ms Gecaga, also expressed her gratitude to everyone who voted for Kenyan brands in the various categories adding that KICC will endeavor to maintain the great conference facilities while at the same time improving the facility to a world class convention center.
The Kenyatta International Convention Center, which is mandated to market Kenya’s conference tourism globally, has over the years worked greatly towards ensuring that Kenya retains its position as the most preferred destination for business events in Africa.
The award is expected to spearhead Kenya’s marketing campaigns’ positioning the destination as attractive for meetings, incentives travel, conferences and exhibitions even as the country is embarking on increasing its conventions and conference facilities.