Kenya to host SKAL World Congress 2018


Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala (left) was among delegates, who attended the SKAL International World Congress in Monaco, last month.

Kenya has won a bid to host the SKAL International World Congress in 2018.

In May 2015, SKAL International, an organisation that promotes global travel and tourism called off a congress which was supposed to be held in Mombasa over security concerns.

SKAL officials by then said they had cancelled the meeting after some western countries had issued travel advisories against Mombasa and other coastal towns.

However, the SKAL executive committee had agreed that Kenya would be an automatic finalist at the 2016 Congress for selection of the 2018 venue along with other destinations selected by the organisation’s  international council.

Tourism Cabinet Secretary,  Najib Balala, said Mombasa had won the bid to host the SKAL event in October 2018.

He said Mombasa emerged the winner after overcoming competition from Lima city, Peru, during a SKAL congress which was held in Monaco last month.

 “It was a great honour for Kenya to have won the bid to host the prestigious global meeting which attracts travel and tourism players from around the world,” he added.

The Cabinet Secretary said the Congress would uplift tourism as delegates will stay in hotels in Mombasa as well as go on safari in the national parks.

He urged hotel-owners to upgrade their facilities for guests to get quality accommodation and services.

SKAL International, Kenya Coast president, Victor Shitakha, said the congress would put Kenya on the world map.

 “We should take advantage of the win to woo more tourists to help tourism recover,” he said.

The SKAL official noted that security in Mombasa had significantly improved after the government addressed the concerns.

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