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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Kenyatta International Conference Centre Expansion | CBD | Proposed

Only days after its ISO 9001/2000 certification, Kenyatta International Conference Centre Corporation, the parastatal that manages the conference centre, is planning to construct a Shs 17 billion complex to tap into the ever growing international conference hosting.

The complex expected to be completed in three years’ time will be modelled along Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Conference centre will house Africa’s first seven star hotel complete with 220 VIP suites 20 of which will be presidential suites in internationally recognised and certified standards.


If approved, work on the site could begin as early as next year once the ongoing shs 1.2 billion rehabilitation programme on KICC is completed. The current phase of the rehabilitation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.


Philip Kisia, KICC Managing Director, revealed that the corporation had already submitted the plans to the Ministry of tourism, treasury and office of the president for approval.


“It will be a complex,” Kisia said, “complete with several shopping malls, bars and restaurants, cinema halls, duty free shopping complexes, hotels, car rentals, health clubs, curio shops, salons and barber shops, churches, mosques and other prayer centres…a complex providing anything and everything anybody can dream of in terms of needs.”


It is expected that once complete, the complex will transform KICC into a city within a city in the same lines as the Sandton Conference Centre in South Africa or Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.


Kisia says: “The reason why the government and KICC board of directors are committed to this project is because modern conferencing is expanding very rapidly going beyond the capacities of the conferencing facilities which were constructed even in the 1980s through the 1990s because they are very limiting in the fast emerging scenario, yet it is extremely lucrative.”


The conference centre was built in late 1960’s but it opened its doors as a meeting facility in 1970s after it was officially opened in September 1973 by the late President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.


It is estimated that when the convention centre is completed, it will increase the revenue generated by the center as a state corporation from shs 250 million to shs 2.3 billion annually. In the last two years, KICC has increased its turnover by 250 percent.


“The revenue generated to the national economy by the conference center annually is expected to be upwards of Shs 25 billion while employing more than 500 people on a permanent basis. Not to mention the huge number of business opportunities expected to be generated,” said Kisia.

According to the plans drawn by the KICC board, the convention centre is expected to have underground tunnels connecting its complex which will also house some shops to enable those strolling around the centre to do their shopping.


Parking facilities will also be underground, while the helipad on top of the KICC main twenty-eight floor structure is being revived to begin handling helicopter landings. Helicopters will be used to provide shuttle services for visitors from the airports to the convention center and other destinations.


The plans document possibilities of constructing a cable car network that will ferry passengers from the convention center to various parts of the city above the Nairobi skyline at a fee.


The convention center according to the plans, will occupy the area from Garden Square restaurant, all the way to Sheria House, Public Service Commission (PSC) headquarters and the Comesa grounds across parliament road part of which is currently being used as a public pay car park and open grounds for exhibitions and other activities.


The KICC boss says the ambitious plans for the convention are aimed at positioning Kenya to compete effectively in international conference tourism that has traditionally been a preserve for European and American countries.


In the recent years, Asian countries have emerged as competitors in preferred destination for conference tourism.


“Once the convention centre is complete,” Kisia said, “our only competitors will be South Africa and Egypt, but we are determined to dominate this market in the entire East African region, and the Comesa trading block because we have the capacity and the widest range of attractions to offer than any of our competitors.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:28 AM   #2
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wow! that's a huge project, it will definitely add to the GDP.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 04:47 AM   #3
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The complex expected to be completed in three years’ time will be modelled along Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Conference centre will house Africa’s first seven star hotel complete with 220 VIP suites 20 of which will be presidential suites in internationally recognised and certified standards.


If approved, work on the site could begin as early as next year once the ongoing shs 1.2 billion rehabilitation programme on KICC is completed. The current phase of the rehabilitation is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“It will be a complex,” Kisia said, “complete with several shopping malls, bars and restaurants, cinema halls, duty free shopping complexes, hotels, car rentals, health clubs, curio shops, salons and barber shops, churches, mosques and other prayer centres…a complex providing anything and everything anybody can dream of in terms of needs.”


It is expected that once complete, the complex will transform KICC into a city within a city in the same lines as the Sandton Conference Centre in South Africa or Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

“Once the convention centre is complete,” Kisia said, “our only competitors will be South Africa and Egypt, but we are determined to dominate this market in the entire East African region, and the Comesa trading block because we have the capacity and the widest range of attractions to offer than any of our competitors.
thats what i want to hear, setting high goals for our city's landmark. this has been long overdue.

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nice news
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7star hotel?? woow...
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Old July 5th, 2008, 08:19 AM   #6
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Massive project... they say it will be modelled along the lines of the Kuala Lumpur Conv. Centre:

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I don't even know what the size of the new convention centre is. It could possibly be a small one. We may have to tear down a few small buildings to make room for this project.
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:27 PM   #8
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I don't even know what the size of the new convention centre is. It could possibly be a small one. We may have to tear down a few small buildings to make room for this project.
The site has plenty of space for expansion without tearing down anything. most surrounding land is made up of car parks plus the city square.

The only main buildings in the vicinity may be the parliament buildings, Central bank, the court of appeal and a host of government offices including the presidents office. (I dont see any of them going down for a hotel, it would be like uprooting most government addresses from the city).
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is this still on proposal stage or it was cancelled all together? i cant find any updates on it
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Old July 18th, 2009, 05:21 AM   #10
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is this still on proposal stage or it was cancelled all together? i cant find any updates on it
Yeah,am wondering the same too.
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Those r gud news we wanna here!
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Do you have more info on this project?where is it going to be build?
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KICC seeks land to expand and grow revenue

International conferences account for 43 per cent of KICC’s revenue. Photo/FILE
By WANGUI MAINA (email the author)



Posted Thursday, October 15 2009 at 00:00

Kenyatta International Conference Centre is seeking to acquire more land in a bid to be the leading convention centre in the region.

KICC hopes to get the surrounding grounds, popularly known as Comesa grounds and which are used as a parking lot, to build a five star hotel and a shopping mall.

“I would like to put out an expression of interest inviting investors to put up these new developments by the end of the year,” said Tourism minister Najib Balala.

Speaking during the unveiling of KICC’s four-year strategic plan, Mr Balala called on the Lands ministry to look into the title deed and transfer it to the facility.

The land, earlier thought to belong to KICC, is believed to be owned by the Nairobi City Council.

The expansion is expected to see the centre become more competitive in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) segment of the tourism sector.

MICE is one of the key areas being considered as the backbone of tourism revenue growth.

In the strategic plan, KICC looks at growing its contribution to the economy to Sh6.5 billion from the current Sh2.31 billion annually.

The facility supports its own recurrent budget, having reported a turnover of Sh262 million in the 2007/2008 financial year. It made a profit of Sh145 million.

“To be self reliant, KICC has to make a bigger profit to support its development plans so as not to keep running to Treasury for support,” Mr Balala said.

The facility did not get any financial support from Treasury this year and will have to be innovative to increase its profit in order to meet its development plans.

According to officials at KICC, this will be managed through aggressive marketing and the establishment of a strong bidding team.

The team, to be unveiled soon, will be expected to attract more international meetings into the country, from the current six to 16.

International conferences account for 43 per cent of KICC’s revenue, an improvement from the 1990s when over 90 per cent of the centre’s revenue was derived from the government. MICE is seen as a high end segment for the tourism sector as it brings in high spenders compared to leisure tourism.

A conference tourist spends an average of Sh12,000 per day compared to Sh8,000 by a leisure visitor.

By increasing the number of international conferences held in the country, KICC management is looking at being responsible of bringing in a quarter of the total visitors coming into the country by 2012.

Increasing revenues

The new strategic plan, which runs to 2012, has been aligned with the medium term plan of Vision 2030 of growing MICE as part of increasing revenue from the tourism sector.

The 36-year-old centre has been undergoing a transformation in a bid to restore its image as Africa’s premier meeting venue, including having clean washrooms, modern facilities and equipment among other renovations.

Modernisation began in 2003 after years of neglect when it was the then ruling party KANU’s headquarters.

This saw the facility taken off the register of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), it was however reinstated in 2005.


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Although the Kenyatta Coference Centre skyscraper is actually a commercial office building, its facade makes it look like a hotel.
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I was watching citizen news last night and they featured this project (Malili technopolis). I'm guessing the government is serious on this project (despite the controversy currently surrounding it). At least they gave a timeline for this one. We should expect construction to start in 2015. I'll be waiting (with bated breath).
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I was watching citizen news last night and they featured this project (Malili technopolis). I'm guessing the government is serious on this project (despite the controversy currently surrounding it). At least they gave a timeline for this one. We should expect construction to start in 2015. I'll be waiting (with bated breath).
come on man, the PS said construction will start this august
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come on man, the PS said construction will start this august
Sorry. I posted that info on the wrong thread. It should have been on the Malili Technopolis thread. DB, I think its time to bury this thread unless some miracle happens (who knows, this is Kenya.)
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Although the Kenyatta Coference Centre skyscraper is actually a commercial office building, its facade makes it look like a hotel.
The actual conferences are held on the mushroom-shaped smaller building and grown levels of the center rather than on the scyscraper part. The skyscraper part was designed to be a hotel for conference guests with a revolving restaurant on the top.

Now, these people running KICC should get atleast the restaurant opened and rotating before they should get any responsibilites for starting a massive project of shopping malls, hotels etc... It is almost a crime the way KICC viewing platform is managed these days..
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The actual conferences are held on the mushroom-shaped smaller building and grown levels of the center rather than on the scyscraper part. The skyscraper part was designed to be a hotel for conference guests with a revolving restaurant on the top.

Now, these people running KICC should get atleast the restaurant opened and rotating before they should get any responsibilites for starting a massive project of shopping malls, hotels etc... It is almost a crime the way KICC viewing platform is managed these days..
Actually, the "mushroom" building was supposed to resemble a traditional hut. That was the idea, to create an atmosphere for discussions much like the main hut in a traditional boma where elders held discussions in some societies.
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The actual conferences are held on the mushroom-shaped smaller building and grown levels of the center rather than on the scyscraper part. The skyscraper part was designed to be a hotel for conference guests with a revolving restaurant on the top.

Now, these people running KICC should get atleast the restaurant opened and rotating before they should get any responsibilites for starting a massive project of shopping malls, hotels etc... It is almost a crime the way KICC viewing platform is managed these days..
But the skyscraper part is used as a commercial office building. Shouldn't we even convert this into a hotel?
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