The number of tourists visiting Kenya through its two main airports has increased significantly in the first eight months of this year, as at least 50 000 more tourists visited the country between January and August compared with the same period last year, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, which released the figures on Saturday (November 10).
In the first eight months of 2018, tourist arrivals to Kenya stood at 685 736, an increase of 50 908 compared with the same period in 2017, where 634 828 tourists entered the country.
The most arrivals were recorded entering Kenya’s main airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, with 601 394 visitors, while Moi International Airport in Mombasa received 84 342 tourists.
In July, Tourism Update reported a positive outlook for Kenya based on the predications of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Basheena Bhoola, Associate Director at PwC South Africa said the 2017 elections had created uncertainty in the market, however the country saw a rebound in December 2017. Assuming a period of relative stability, PwC expects tourism to Kenya to increase at a 6.9% compound annual growth rate, rising to 2.06 million in 2022.
Analysts have further attributed the surge in arrivals to Kenya’s political stability post the 2017 elections, aggressive marketing of the country as a preferred tourist destination and international awards being offered to players in the tourism sector.