17th October 2018: The 79th Skal International World Congress took place in the City of Mombasa.
The 4-day conference themed“Congress on the Beach” attracted over 500 tourism and hospitality agents across the world.
Speaking at the start of the conference, Kenya Tourism Board Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Radier said that, “The 79th Skal International World Congress has provided the City of Mombasa with an exceptional opportunity to showcase itself as the preferred Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) destination. KTB CEO anticipates that the convening of the Congress in Mombasa will boost efforts to position the City of Mombasa and Kenya’s coast both as a conference tourism destination and a leisure destination.”
Tourist arrivals into Kenya’s Coastal region between 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018 rose by double digit levels over the previous financial year to boost total tourist arrivals into Kenya by 6.8% to 1,488,370 up from 1,393,568 in 2016/17.
During the period under review, arrivals at Mombasa’s Moi International Airport grew by 29.6% to 119,910 up from 92,526 in 2016/17.
Cruise ship arrivals recorded during the period grew by 59% to 2,778 by the close of June 2018 compared to 1,743 in 2016/17.
Commenting on the improved numbers at the coast, Dr. Radier noted, “Improved security, continued confidence in the destination, establishment of modern transport infrastructure such as the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway as well as the implementation of the Ksh. 1.2 billion Charter Incentive Programme at the Coast have greatly contributed to the continued improvement in the performance of Kenya’s tourism sector, particularly at the Coast.”
She added that the planned commencement of direct flights into Mombasa by Qatar Airways in December will bring even better tidings to Kenya’s coast as a tourist destination during the peak holiday season.