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Move over KICC, here comes BICC

A new meetings complex with a niche in the business and conference tourism will be built in Nairobi, according to Tourism Secretary Phyllis Kandie.

Mrs Kandie said the facility, which will be named the ‘Bomas International Convention Centre (BICC)’, will have an exhibition centre with a capacity for 15,000 exhibitors and will be able to accommodate 10,000 participants at a go.

The centre, according to the minister, will also have several hotels of different classification -ranging from 3-star to 7-star presidential pavilion- and will be constructed at the Bomas of Kenya in an 82-acre land already set aside by the government.

“The initiative is part of our strategy to diversify our tourism package by creating a niche in the business and conference tourism under the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibition sub-sector and is part of vision 2030,” she said.

Work on the site will only begin after a master plan is drawn and results of a feasibility studies are approved to determine the entire project cost.

The process of the project, according to the cabinet secretary, will be advised through by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).