Nairobi is not what it once used to be. In the last few years, the city has been seized by a thriving cultural and entertainment scene, as restaurants, events, concerts and hotels seemingly pop up every month. There are not many capital cities for example, that offer a hearty meal in a restaurant nestled in a preserved forest, overlooking the local wildlife, and you can get that here in Karura forest. If you are more inclined to enjoy fresh sea food or authentic Italian, there are numerous options dotted across the city, and are available to you depending on your budget.
Hotels in the city are equally diverse, and range from the large and opulent to the cosy and intimate. From international chains such as Hilton, Intercontinental and Radission Blu to boutique outfits like Tribe, Hemingways and Sankara, visitors to Nairobi are spoilt for choice. The hospitality industry is looking forward to welcoming the 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10) delegates to Nairobi.
Whilst Nairobi is the pulse of the nation, Kenya’s tourist attractions do extend beyond the capital city. Nothing beats sitting on the white beaches of Watamu with the ocean inching towards you. Or watching the ‘Big 5’ roam across the savannah. It’s easy to forget that there is an entire world out there that goes beyond our work, our family and our daily lives and immersing yourself in nature is one of the oldest and most treasured ways to release and relax. A journey to Maasai Mara Reserve or Ol Pejeta Conservancy does exactly this, and the journey is made that more special when you consider the unique opportunity at hand; seeing the last remaining male Northern White Rhino on the planet.
The benefits will however, work both ways. While visitors enjoy the unique experience of being in Kenya, the economy of the East African nation will surely thrive with 5,000 delegates in the city.
According to Mary Kimonye, CEO of Brand Kenya, global events such as conferences or large sporting events both boost the brand of a nation, and provide economic benefits to the host country. With MC10, Kenya will also enjoy the benefits of interacting with a diverse group of people who will have flown in from all over the world.
So whether you visit for a week or a month, one thing is definitely clear: Kenya doesn’t fail to leave a lasting impression. From the people, to the incessant energy that fuels the city of Nairobi, you will leave with a renewed sense of what it means to enjoy and appreciate life.
To all MC10 delegates, KARIBU (welcome to) Kenya