The Kenyan government has signed a lease with Bamburi Cement Company in which the company will donate a piece of land to the Tourism ministry through the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation for the construction of a conference centre in Mombasa.
The planned construction of the 5000-capacity conference centre, which was mooted some time mid-last year, is part of the government’s plan to rebrand Mombasa as business tourism hub, a shift from the leisure tourist destination it currently is.
Tourism minister Najib Balala said the conference centre, which will be constructed through the Private Public Partnership joint project, will give an opportunity for Mombasa to host business conferences as part of business tourism attraction project. "We want to change the tourism sector in Mombasa from the leisure tourism to business and conference tourism. This will have more yields for this region," Balala said.