Friday, March 29, 2013

2012 Tourism Report Shows Marginal Decline

Tourism minister Hon. Dan Mwanzo unveiled the 2012 Tourism report revealing a slight drop in tourist arrivals.

According to the report, compiled by the Ministry of Tourism and the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB), overall tourist arrivals declined by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, characterized by a dip of 3.2 percent and 2.2 percent for the months of January and March respectively, and a rise of 4.3 percent in February.

In comparison to 2011 the sector had declined by 2.3 percent translating to nearly one billion shillings decrease in monetary terms. According to city arrival, Nairobi had a growth of 1.7 percent whereas Mombasa had a decline of 20 percent in international arrivals. 
The arrival performance which falls below the global average rate of 4 percent was attributed to insecurity that affected the Lamu Archipelago towards the end of 2012, and subsequent travel advisories issued by some of Kenya’s key source markets including the United Kingdom and France.

Mwanzo explained the statistics may change in favour of Kenya with the ongoing efforts to end piracy and Al Shabab-related insecurity, which are succeeding and we should soon expect cruise ships to once again start docking at the port of Mombasa.

The reports shows that the United Kingdom still tops Kenya's source market, followed by the United States, Italy, Germany and India (that edged France out of the top five with 15 percent growth in tourist arrivals).

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