A multi-million-shilling conference facility in Malindi – the largest town in Kenya’s Kilifi County – is in its final stages of construction, and will be the largest conference facility in Malindi.

Housing up to 500 people, the facility is being developed as a role-player in the revival of the region’s tourism. “Malindi tourism is improving,” said Alexander Zissimatos of the PlanHotel Hospitality Group. “The county government and stakeholders are really working hard to revive the sector. The national government has also promised to expand Malindi Airport. Kilifi Governor, Amason Kingi, has also joined the push.”

The conference venue will be only 15 minutes away from Malindi International Airport, and adds a competitive option to the existing conferencing facilities Mombasa and Kwale County. Until now, Malindi has been unable to support conferencing tourism.

Zassimatos said that the facility will add a conferencing tourism product to the existing leisure and beach tourism, and is aimed at attracting business travellers. It will be further enhanced by the introduction of direct charter flights from Europe to Malindi, which were discussed in a recent agreement between Kingi and the Italian government.