Tourism Arrivals Improve By 91% As The Government Releases Industry Performance Results.

Tourism Arrivals Improve By 91% As The Government Releases Industry Performance Results.

NAIROBI, 9th September 2022Kenya recorded a 91% growth in the number of international visitor arrivals into the destination in the period between January – August that stood at 924,812 as compared to 483,246 recorded in the same period in 2021 according to data released by the Tourism Research Institute.

The upsurge in the arrival numbers is attributed to the vaccination drive undertaken by the government of Kenya which resulted in the reduction in Covid-19 cases during the period which registered a steady growth. This improvement is an indication of the continued growth in trust for the Magical Kenya destination, which can be credited to renewed marketing efforts by the Ministry of tourism as well as confidence on the country’s efforts to contain Covid-19.

During an event held to release the performance of the sector’s results for the period between January – August 2021, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala said “The 91% increase translated to Kshs. 167 Billion revenue compared to Kshs. 83 Billion in the previous financial year which indicates that we are on an upward trajectory. The numbers are still not where we want them to be, but we are optimistic that we shall soon go back to our all-time high international visitor arrivals recorded in 2019, and even surpass it. This is because Covid-19 is contained and international travelers are now fully confident to travel.,” said CS Balala.

During this period, innovative products and marketing efforts were increased to ensure that the destination’s offerings remained competitive among both domestic and international visitors. The destination continued to host international events that include the Magical Kenya Open and The Magical Kenya Ladies open which came back after a 2-year break. The WRC – Safari Rally which commenced in 2021 after a 19-year hiatus also returned in 2022. These events have played a major role in rebuilding the confidence of visitors on destination Kenya.

Out of the 924,812 international arrivals, 313,466 were on holiday, 274,722 visiting family or friends, 258,889 for business and Meetings, Incentives, Exhibitions, and Conferences (MICE)- 43883 on transit, 16,196 for education, with the rest coming in for other purposes including religion, and sports.

The top 5 international arrivals by country are, USA at 15%, Uganda at 9%, the United Kingdom at 9%, Tanzania at 8%, and India at 6%.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport remains the major point of entry with 681,811, Moi International Airport recorded 40,355 arrivals with other airports showing a significant increase in arrivals.

During the event, CS Balala launched multi-lingual destination videos targeting both key and emerging markets. The videos target the global traveler and put the destination top of mind among potential travelers and investors from various source markets across the world.

“As part of our strategy to continue engaging travelers from across the world, we are ensuring that we reach every market and the best way is to make sure we can communicate to them in their own languages. The videos we are launching today have been translated to various languages for better and wider reach amongst audiences in our key source markets. So far, we have translated to native languages targeting the following countries: China, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Arabic- speaking countries” Said CS Balala

The video which highlights Kenya’s diversity in tourism offerings and experiences will be amplified on Magical Kenya’s social media assets for wider reach and awareness of the destination. They highlight cultures, cuisine, vibrant cities, adventure, and other experiences that punctuate the destination’s diversity.


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