Kisumu identifies 360 hotels to host 10,000 delegates at Africities Summit

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Kisumu identifies 360 hotels to host 10,000 delegates at Africities Summit


Part of the Kisumu city skyline seen from Kisumu Port on Lake Victoria. PICTURES | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

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  • At least 360 hotels in Kisumu and neighboring counties have been identified to accommodate thousands of guests expected to attend the Africities Summit in May.
  • The facilities have a total sum of over 9,808 rooms spread across Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Vihiga counties.

At least 360 hotels in Kisumu and neighboring counties have been identified to accommodate thousands of guests expected to attend the Africities Summit in May.

The facilities have a total sum of over 9,808 rooms spread across Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay and Vihiga counties.

The hotels have also been classified after a rigorous process which involved raising awareness of all players in the western circuit hospitality industry which culminated in the establishment of the Lake Victoria Tourism Association whose chairman is Mr Robinson Anyal.

Mr. Aloice Ager, a member of the Africities Secretariat, has asked hoteliers, host families, serviced apartments and other facilities to register with the county government and the Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) at for accreditation purposes.

“The more than 10,000 delegates we are expecting are guests of the Government of Kenya and there are standards we must meet in hosting them. We will not take them to an unverified and unaccredited facility,” Ager said.

So far, 3,000 delegates have registered and confirmed their attendance.

He pointed out that a multi-agency team carrying out the inspection of various facilities has been thorough with some of the main requirements they care about, namely security, number and nature of personnel, interior, outside, the kitchen, the culinary departments. and generally how they work.

After that, the facilities were assessed after the required minimum standards were met.

Construction of the 1.2 billion shilling Africities Convention Center at the Mamboleo Showground is underway.

Preparations have also been supported by the expansion of Kisumu International Airport, which started last week.

The new airport, which will double its current capacity when completed, is expected to be ready for operation within the next 90 days. The project will cost 240 million shillings.

Apart from this, a multi-agency task force has been formed including security team, tourism department, communications and infrastructure to inspect tourist attraction sites such as Kit Mikai, Thim Lich Ohinga, among others, to ensure that they are ready and can meet the needs of tourists.

Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang Nyong’o is currently in Brussels, Belgium, at the Africa and European Union congregation during the week-long AU-EU summit.

Governor Nyong’o represents African local leaders on behalf of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA).

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