The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Women Targeted in Bomas Upgrade Plan

WOMEN-CONTROLLED companies will enjoy advantage in the ongoing call for investors to develop proposed multi-billion Bomas International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Nairobi.

The ministry of Tourism has encouraged prospective companies in the 60-day exercise effective last Monday to form associations to enhance their chances of qualifying for the tendering phase.

"Preference shall be given to associations that incorporate Kenyan women investors," the ministry said in the notice.

The ambitious project is part of a wider government strategy to diversify tourist offering by placing more emphasis on conference tourism targeting Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities.

Tourism secretary Phyllis Kandie backed the repositioning of the country to conference tourism buoyed by locational advantage and favourable weather when she unveiled ministry's four-year strategic plan to 2017 early December.

"There's absolutely no reason why we should not be hosting major events in the world because we have all the advantages. We only need to bring our facilities to modern standards," Kandie said.

Under the four-year period, the ministry plans to build three world class MICE (Meetings, Incentive, Conferences & Exhibitions) centres to complement the 44-year old Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

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