Intare conference Arena reveals ambitious plans to drive MICE
Posted March 14, 2019 – Courtesy of Kojo Bentum-Williams and VoyagesAfriq
Kigali’s state of the art conference facility the Intare conference complex has aggressive plans to double its figures for 2019.
Having been established in June 2017 and spurred by the overall vision of the Government of Rwanda’s desire to grow the MICE industry and to make the Kigali a conference hub, the 2500 capacity conference arena is determined to bring in events to the East African country.
Speaking to VoyagesAfriq Travel Media in Kigali, The Managing Director of the facility Rubingisa Pudence revealed that with barely two years in existence, it has been able to attract some high level events to the country and only needs to accelerate efforts to compliment the efforts of the Rwanda Convention Bureau.
Rubingisa Pudence the Managing Director in a photo pose with her colleague
‘’In our projections Where we are heading to meet government objective of responding to the high demand in the Mice industry, we have a target to bring in the international events, we have so far hosted conferences, meetings, cultural, entertainment, corporate and hoping to bring in exhibitions.
Our target for the year is to have 62 events at the conference arena (auditorium) 225 small meetings and over 20 weddings and receptions for this year.’’
He however admitted that, the arena’s marketing efforts could be improved to create the necessary awareness for the conference facility.
Pudence added that they have started engaging and participating in international exhibitions to be able to attract business to Rwanda.
The main auditorium of the conference arena
We work hand in hand with the Rwanda Convention Bureau and get the support & supervision to hosting international conferences.
Pudence revealed that the facility has a medium to long-term plan of putting up a hotel complex around the conference arena to ensure that at least they can at any given point cater for their guests.
The Intare Conference Arena is the second biggest conference centre after the Kigali Convention Centre
The VIP Holding area of the facility
Combining facilities and location, professionalism and style, the Intare Conference Arena is a great addition to Rwanda’s conference spectrum. Intare sits in the centre of Kigali with ten-minute drive from the national airport. It is strategically positioned close to the special economic (free trade) zone in a lushly landscaped green space, encircled by palm trees, rolling hills, vast gardens and a great horizon view.
Facts & Figures
32,600 sqm of outside exhibition space.
• Fully flexible auditorium with capacity of up to 2,500 people seated and 3,600 standing.
• 9 meeting rooms
• 1 coffee shop
• 1 Restaurant
• Outside parking space 700 vehicles
• Total meeting space 8,235 sqm
• 12 lounges
• 2 elevators
• 3 kitchenettes
• 1 commercial kitchen