In 2016, the Kenyan tourism industry recorded a 17% increase in earnings. This was because of the deluge of international tourists from nations like China, US, and India.
Najib Balala, the Tourism Cabinet Secretary said Kenya recorded 877,602 tourists a year ago, up from 752,073 tourists in 2015. To cite Balala, “I am glad to report that 2016 arrival and receipts signal better times ahead for the tourism industry that had been assailed by insecurity and different challenges.”
He said that the development and recuperation of Kenya’s tourism industry can be ascribed to several new measures for improving security and efforts for fortifying the industry’s demand by removing the tax, relaxing visa rules and developing infrastructure.
Kenya had encountered a slump in tourism after several terror attacks focusing on Nairobi and traveler resorts in Lamu and Mombasa. Balala said that China has dominatingly grown to contribute 5% of all visitors traveling to Kenya. Other African nations likewise contributed almost 29% of all visitors traveling to Kenya in 2016.