Pride Inn hotelier Hasnain Noorani has asked the government to fast track the establishment of a 20,000-seat convention centre to boost MICE tourism in the country.

“We need to have a 20,000 seater international conference facility in Nairobi. Contribution from tourism alone is enough to do this. I urge the president to do this or allow me to do it myself,” he said.

This follows recent trends in the region where Kenya has been losing business to Rwanda with regard to facilities in the meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions (MICE) segment’

He said there is need to step up and regain Kenya’s MICE competitiveness in the region. Mr. Noorani added that the government needs to start partnering with local investors to boost the sector’s earnings and in turn lift the country’s economy.

“We are now looking for ways the local investors can partner with the government to increase facilities in the country. We need the state to increase incentives in the tourism industry,” said the hotelier.

PrideInn Group of hotels yesterday announced that it has negotiated a revenue-sharing management contract with Azure hotel that will help the two strengthen the operational efficiency of the PrideInn-Azure hotel.

PrideInn management intends to fully acquire the hotel within the year.

“We are strong, we are solid and we are moving forward despite the challenges that we have. But the potential in many counties in Kenya is untapped and it’s massive even in Nairobi itself,” Noorani said according to the Star.

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