Kenya, Nairobi precisely, has hosted many International conferences since the 1980’s due to its position as an economic and political powerhouse in East and Central Africa. International visitors have been hosted at Nairobi’s two main conference centers which are the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) and the Bomas of Kenya. However, Kenya has been losing the rights to these conference to neighbouring countries such as Rwanda and the Republic of Congo.
This study outline the findings from the main conference facilities in these two countries: the Kigali Convention Center in Rwanda and the Kintele Congress Center & Resort Hotel in Congo. The two were chosen not only because in the recent past the two have been hosting international conferences such as the African Union Summit amongst other major conferences but also because of their prime location, their capacities,the way the local culture has influenced the Architecture of the two facilities and lastly for the reason that the Congress centers have on-site tourist hotel thus making the facilities Conference/ Convention Hotels.
The findings revealed that in order for a convention hotel to function efficiently, a couple of considerations had to be put in place. These include but are not limited to ease of accessibility, urban and cultural integration, security, proximity to appropriate accommodation, sustainable design techniques among other factors. Conference attendees don’t want to be trapped in the confines of the conference facility but prefer to mingle with inhabitants of the city while visiting the neighbouring tourist sites of attraction.
The study seeks to outline and recommend the absolute guidelines on how to plan and design modern conference hotels that are not only based on international conferencing standards but also reflect the culture of the people of the locality so as to bring about a sense of belonging for both the visitors and the locals. This will aid in improving Kenya’s Conference Tourism sector.