WTO forum to boost Nairobi hotels, tourism

Nairobi hotels are set to benefit from yet another major boost when an estimated 5,000 delegates congregate in the capital for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting.

Kenya will host the 10th edition of WTO’s Ministerial conference in December, which comes just five months after US President Barack Obama’s July visit boost the hoteliers.

The event, to be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, is expected to attract delegates from 100 countries. During the pre-event briefing session held in Geneva, Switzerland, the WTO member states were represented by over 300 delegates, many of who are expected to be in Nairobi.

‘We are certain that our joint efforts will translate to converting the delegates to tourists during the pre and post conference events,” said Kenya Tourism Board CEO Muriithi Ndegwa in a statement.

Kenya won the bid to host this year’s edition after Turkey dropped out of the race. The ninth edition of the biennial event was held in Indonesia in 2013.