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Kidero pledges to invest in hospitality

26 July 2013, 18:17 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero has said that the country is at the best position in the continent to host international conventions and conferences as well as attracting business investors in sectors the country.

Speaking during the Kenya Hospitality trade fair, the governor said that he will transform Nairobi to be a convention destination where international conventions will be held, rather than leaving the role to big cities.

Kidero was concerned about the construction of large conference centres saying that Nairobi cannot hold a conference of 5 000 visitors due to lack of facilities.

“We do not have the capacity to host a convention of 5 000 people simply because we do not have enough restaurants let alone beds,” He lamented.

He said that though Kenyan Hospitality is acclaimed internationally, there is need to move it to an extra export level that will be experienced locally.

Kidero urged Kenyans to cooperate to expand the hospitality industry in the country adding that it contributes about KES 800billion of the 3 trillion GDP.

At the same time, Kidero said that Nairobi city is congested but noted that there are a lot of activities going on including building of by-passes all over the city and plans to make Uhuru highway a double decker highway.

He also said that plans are underway to start diverting traffic in the city to ease the congestion and reduce traffic snarl ups.

On security, Kidero said that the county government is set to increase the ratio of Police officers to civilians from the current 1 policeman covering 1,150 to about 1 police man to cover 600 residents and at the same time equip the officers with modern security systems.

The governor also said that there is need to increase the number of hospitality institutions in the country noting that it is only utalii college that offers such programmes.

He said that the county government is fully committed to supporting the Hospitality sector and pledged to provide necessary assistance by ensuring that people who visit Nairobi and Kenya will always feel to visit the country again.

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