Tourism arrivals in Kenya surpass the 2 million mark

Tourism earnings grew 31.2 percent in 2018 to Sh157 billion, up from Sh119 billion the previous year.

Last year's number of international arrivals was 2,025,206, compared to the 1,474,671 in 2017, an increase of 37.33 percent.

A report from the Tourism ministry, released by Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala at State House Mombasa on Monday, stated that the number of local tourists in 2018 was 3,974,243, a 9.03 percent increase from the 3,645,243 in 2017.

While receiving the sector performance report for 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed satisfaction with the achievements, noting tourism contributes significantly to the economy.

“As part of enhancing repeat visits, as well as recommending destination to visitors. Kenya currently has a total of 68 global hotel brands, a clear indication that the international community is confident of returns in investment in the tourism sector,” he said.

President Kenyatta encouraged private sector players to refurbish their products and services in order to improve experiences.

He also urged county governments to prioritise the packaging of tourism products by partnering with government experts in order to boost the sector.

“Counties are key players and hosts of many tourism experiences. They should partner with government expert agencies, such as the Kenya Tourism Board \(KTB), and collaborate with neighbouring devolved units to enrich the existing tourism circuits."

Concerning the Sh460 Mama Ngina Waterfront project, the president said it is critical as it will improve experiences - it was given a facelift so as to meet international standards.

The project is expected to help make Mombasa a leading and competitive world class tourism destination.

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