Pacing Towards Africities

Pacing Towards Africities

Preparations for the 9th edition of the Africities Summit to be held in Kisumu City are on the last mile stretch as Kisumu County Governor, Prof Anyang Nyong’o in the company of Devolution Principal Secretary, Julius Korir meet hospitality providers.

Organized every 3 years over a 5-day period, alternately in the different regions of Africa, this is the first time Africities will be held in Kenya. Addressing concerns over the construction of the Convention Centre, PS Korir noted that the Convention Centre was not just intended for hosting Africities but to open up the Western Circuit for Tourism.

The national government through the Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) has waived the fee for accreditation of facilities.

“There will be collaboration between the local travel agents, the franchises or authorized agents to find ways in which the local tourism stakeholders will benefit from this Africities Summit.”

The government through TRA will put into checks to make sure the hotel and accommodation owners do not overcharge delegates that are coming for the conference. Those found doing so will be delisted by the authority.

The Africities Secretariat CEO Joe Ager gave reports on the milestones that have been made so far to ensure that the conference is a success. Notable areas are infrastructure, logistics, hospitality and security.

Terming it as a great economic stimulus, Governor Anyang Nyong’o urged hospitality industry not to overcharge the delegates as this will portray a bad picture to Kisumu City and Kenya as a whole.

“We are on a journey to build Kisumu as a tourism destination. Kisumu has the potential to replicate itself as one on the biggest tourist destinations such as Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt.”

Distinguished personalities, county officials, city leaders and national representatives from other countries are expected to attend the Summit. The summit is projected to attract more than 10,000 people and the city management is faced with a task to upgrade infrastructure such as the Mamboleo Roundabout, city lighting, repainting of buildings within the CBD, monitoring hotel capacity, and other vital city services.