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Published on : Monday, November 7, 2016
The tourism sector of Kenya has started showing signs of recovery thanks to an increased number of international arrivals this year. Jacinta Nzioka, the chief executive officer of KTB or Kenya Tourism Board has said that the tourist arrivals have risen by 17.2% to nearly 6,00,000 in the initial eight months of this year.
He went on to add that the aggregate international arrivals by sea and air in the period between January and August were 5,81,808 that is an increase from 4,96,579 in the same period last year.
The number of arrivals via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi during the same period increased by 16.5% to 5,22,709.
However, the number was just 4,48,549 in the same period the previous year. Nzioka said on Saturday that the incentive programme worth Sh1.2 billion as well as the waiver of visa fee for kids aged below 16 years old had contributed to the steady rise in tourist arrivals.
The KTB has also mentioned that the reduction in the park entry fees for renowned national parks to $60 from $70 has also been motivating more wildlife lovers to visit these parks.
Since 1st November, the new fees came into effect.
West National Park and Tsavo East park have slashed the park entry fees to Sh 5,200 right from Sh 600. For the children, the fees was down at Sh 3,500 from Sh4,000.
Nzioka also said that KTB would leverage the minimized park fees to impress safari adventure seekers from emerging and traditional markets to boost the tourism industry.
Also, a delegation of 40 tourism players belonging to Kenya is currently in London to take part in the World Travel Market, a well-known travel show of UK.
Bruno Pozzi, the deputy head of the European Union said that the tourists from the member nations of EU visiting Kenya are steadily rising. He said that EU member states have lifted the travel warnings against Kenya immediately after the government issued security concerns.
Mr. Pozzi said that most of the tourists are generally from Italy, United Kingdom and Germany.