Kenya’s August tourist arrivals fall 91 percent

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Kenya’s August vacationer arrivals fall 91 p.c

Tourism Secretary Najib Balala. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Worldwide arrivals fell 91.2 p.c final month in comparison with related interval final yr, highlighting the adversarial results of the coronavirus illness on the tourism sector.

Kenya acquired 14,049 vacationers in August— the primary month after resumption of worldwide and home flights in comparison with 159,804 worldwide arrivals in related interval final yr.

Knowledge from the Tourism Analysis Institute reveals that 6,368 or 45 p.c of the vacationers came visiting buddies and households whereas 3,685 had been on vacation because the tourism business began its gradual return to actions final month.

An extra 2,335 had been enterprise travellers whereas 1,129 had been on transit to different nations by the Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport and the Moi Worldwide Airport in Mombasa.

Kenya suspended all worldwide and home flights in March to curb unfold of the coronavirus illness, a transfer that noticed the tourism sector lose Sh80 billion within the first half of the yr, setting the stage for one of many worst efficiency for a sector that contributes about 10 p.c of the gross home product.

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Tourism Secretary Najib Balala stated that the ministry will for the primary time be releasing the information on journey and vacationers arrivals on a month-to-month foundation because the sector slowly reopens after a five-month shutdown.

“The info launched is invaluable to the nation because it helps us to maintain observe of worldwide vacationer numbers to find out whether or not tourism and journey is bettering for the reason that easing of journey restrictions and the resumption of worldwide flights into the nation,” stated Mr Balala.

Arrivals by Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport had been 13,249 or 94.Three p.c adopted by Moi Worldwide Airport that recorded 645 arrivals. Wilson Airport had 154 whereas Wajir Airport acquired one vacationer.

The USA maintained its standing because the nation’s largest market amid the Covid-19 pandemic, accounting for two,768 vacationers adopted by the UK at 2,469. Uganda was third with 506 guests.

Kenya’s tourism has historically loved a increase between July and August as 1000’s flock to see wildebeest migrate from Serengeti Nationwide Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara.

The restrictions, nevertheless noticed majority of the travellers keep away at a time the nation is anticipating certainly one of its worst years within the tourism sector.

Kenya earned Sh163.6 billion from the sector final yr, a 3.9 p.c rise from Sh157.four billion in 2018.

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