Tourism earnings jump to Sh157 billion as numbers hit two million

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala addresses journalists at English Point Marina in Mombasa County on tourism sector performance in 2018, January 6, 2019. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • 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 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.
  • Tourism minister Najib Balala attributed the gains to coordinated efforts between the arms of government and marketing initiatives.

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

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