KICC, Nairobi prepares to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2022

13 October 2022 - Nairobi, Kenya

The Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi is making final preparations as it steps up to host the World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2022 on 15 October.

The leading travel industry figureheads from across Africa and the Indian Ocean are arriving in the Kenya capital ahead of the red-carpet gala reception.

Strategically located at the heart of the central business district, the landmark KICC is the largest conference facility in East and Central Africa and has played a crucial role in positioning Nairobi as the leading business hub in the region.

With its captivating contrast of towering skyscrapers and historical sites, Nairobi is the thriving heartbeat of East Africa. It is also the only city in the world with a national park right on its doorstep.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, says: “We are honoured to host our Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2022 at the world-class KICC. As tourism bounces back, the gathering will serve as the perfect platform for the industry’s leaders to reunite and a launchpad for future business growth in East Africa.”

He added: “Our partnership with the KICC will help reinforce Nairobi’s reputation as Africa’s leading destination for business travel and MICE tourism.”

Nana Gecaga, CEO, KICC, said both Kenya and the KICC are ready and preparing to host the biggest event in the hospitality and travel industry. She said: “We are delighted as a country to host this auspicious event. Kenyans are well prepared and thrilled to give our guests an unforgettable hospitality and a magical experience during the gala ceremony.”

She added that the prestigious event will offer the country an opportunity to showcase Kenya’s great hospitality and culture. She said: “We are working closely with our partners and stakeholders to come up with very attractive pre and post event packages that will ensure the delegates get an all-rounded Kenyan experience during their stay in the country.”

Opened by Kenya’s founding father President Kenyatta in 1973, the landmark KICC has staged some of the world’s most prestigious conferences, as well as playing a key role in positioning Nairobi as the business capital of East Africa.

Nana Gecaga concluded: “I will be finishing my seven years at KICC at the end of this year so I'm extremely honoured to be closing my tenure on such a high note, solidify all I have done and worked hard to reposition KICC to what we all have come to know and see today.”


Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to reward and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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