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Published on : Thursday, April 13, 2017
In 2016, as confirmed by the officials on Monday, Kenya’s tourism sector noticed 17-percent growth in their total earnings in terms of international tourists from India, China, United States and other countries. Kenya recorded 877,602 visitors in 2016 in comparison to 752,073 visitors in 2015.
Few measures like improved security and ways to motivate the sector’s demand by eliminating taxes, easy and relaxed visa rules and better infrastructure are the main reasons that the minister considers has played an important role behind the growth and recovery of the sector.
To quote Balala, ‘I am happy to report that 2016 arrivals and receipts signal better times ahead for a sector that had been beset by insecurity and other challenges.’
As a result of series of terror attacks in Nairobi and few tourist resorts located in Lamu and Mombasa, the tourism in East Africa underwent a major slump. 2016 recorded revenues of 1 billion U.S. dollars which is considered an extra 120 million dollars earned from the visitors the tourists who arrived by air and sea in Kenya as told by Balala. To note that China has grown quite high and contributes 5 percent of all tourists coming to Kenya, according to the figures recently released by Balala.