By Abednego Mwikya
Kenya will for the first time host the global Skal conference in Mombasa in October this year.
The five-day conference is expected to give local tourism hotspots a boost from the conference will provide an opportunity for both local and international delegates to tour various attractions during their stay in Kenya.
During a media briefing in Nairobi, Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala said Kenya was honored to host the conference this time, saying insecurity posed by Al Shabaab and Ebola outbreaks in DRC had denied Kenya the chance in previous years.
“We are honored to be given an opportunity to host the Skal congress this year. We assure all the delegates safety during their five-day stay in the country,” said Balala.
The organizers say visitors have the option of touring Maasai Mara, Tsavo East and West, Amboseli National Park and the Great Rift Valley. Currently, Masai Mara is experiencing the famed wildebeest migration, a natural phenomenon that draws thousands of visitors from around the globe.
“We are working closely with the National Government and the County Government of Mombasa to showcase the beautiful beach destination. We intend to bring the country back to the global map as a leading beach and safari destination by hosting Skal International Congress,” says Silvester Mbandi, Skal Kenya President.
Kenya has chipped in Sh 25 million while Skal international, a global association of tourism and travel professional will have to fork out Sh 60-70 million to see the conference successful.
According to local organizers, there is an elaborate program that will include a welcome cocktail at Fort Jesus complete with a spectacular sound and light show which will be screened on the walls of Fort Jesus. There will also be a beach party at Sarova Whitesands as well as a dinner at Bamburi Forest Trails with an ‘Out of Africa – dining under the stars’ theme.