Kenya’s Earnings from Tourism Surge 31.2% in 2018
Kenya’s tourism ministry on Monday said that the earnings from tourism jumped by almost a third in 2018 from the previous year to $1.55 billion, after the number of visitors rose by 37 per cent.
Along with tea exports and cash sent home by Kenyans living abroad, tourism is one of the top sources of hard currency for the East African nation.
The ministry said that tourism arrivals as at last year was just over 2 million, adding that 68 global hotel brands had so far set up facilities in Kenya, whose attractions include white sandy beaches on the Indian Ocean and wildlife reserves like the Maasai Mara.
Government officials hope the start in 2018 of direct flights between Nairobi and New York by national carrier Kenya Airways will help to boost the number of visitors from the US.
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