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Kenya’s conference tourism picks up amid COVID-19 image

Kenya’s conference tourism picks up amid COVID-19

POSTED: 29th Jan

Kenya's meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment is finally picking up as hospitality players seek to market conference tourism in global markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Wednesday.

Hasnain Noorani, chairman of the Kenya Coast Working group said the hospitality industry players are hopeful that the MICE segment will recover after a sharp decline in 2020 and the first two weeks of 2021.

"Before the outbreak of COVID-19 virus and the subsequent introduction of travel restrictions and social-distancing guidelines, the MICE segment in Kenya presented a promising growth avenue for the industry seeking to diversify tourism offerings," Noorani said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

MICE tourism is one of the growing segments that the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has continued to market in line with the strategy of product diversification.

Industry players said the MICE has presented Kenya with an excellent opportunity to establish competitive advantage within this niche segment.

According to Noorani, Christmas and New Year holidays gave the tourism sector a sigh of relief and after experiencing a long dry spell, the sector has however seen a decline in business in the first two weeks of 2021 attributed scarcity of foreign arrivals owing to prolonged restrictions resulting from COVID-19 and other competing priorities locally.

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