500 delegates expected at tourism stakeholders meet

500 delegates expected at tourism stakeholders meet
PrideInn Paradise Beach Resort managing director Hasneil Noorani (left) welcomes a number of the delegates attending the 79th International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals World Congress in Mombasa. [Gideon Maundu, Standard]

More than 500 delegates are anticipated at a worldwide tourism meeting in Mombasa.

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The 79th International Association of Tourism and Travel Professionals (Skål) World Congress provides together tourism experts along with other stakeholders from the global world and you will be held at  Between today and Sunday pride Inn Paradise and Resort. 

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During the annual conference, experts usually share insights into trends and emerging technologies in the travel and tourism market make it possible for players improve business and stay competitive.

Largest congregation

Several delegates have arrived of the opening ceremony ahead. This is actually the first-time the conference has been held in Africa.

The annual Skål Congress is among the world’s largest congregation of tourism stakeholders.

Local Organising Committee Chairman Mehboob Harunani said yesterday that Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho are anticipated to attend a celebration to welcome the guests later at night.

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“We have been ready for the conference and we have been prepared to show the guests our hospitality also,” said Mr Harunani. 

The managers of the hotels where in fact the delegates shall stay said these were ready for the function.

The Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa general manager, Siddarth Sathe, yesterday said: “We all have been set. We’ve upgraded a few of our rooms in readiness for the meeting even.”

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The Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel deputy general manager, Herman Mwasaghua, said several delegates had checked in to the hotel.

The Kenya Tourism Federation chairman, Mohamed Hersi, said hosting the function would give Kenya much-needed international publicity to improve Mombasa’s image as a significant tourism destination.

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