In 2020, the tourism sector registered a staggering Ksh.110 billion in losses attributing it to a drop in the number of international arrivals dropped.
The tourism sector had projected Ksh.147.5 billion in revenues for the period under review.
However, only Ksh.37 billion was realized in the wake of the Cronavirus pandemic.
The Covid Effect
It is against the back of a slow but gradual pick in terms of international arrivals when President Uhuru Kenyatta eased pandemic restrictions in August last year.
According to a new report released by the Tourism Research Institute on Thursday, a total of 170, 803 tourists arrived in Kenya between January to October last year.
However, in six months to June 2021, the country recorded 305,635 international arrivals on the back on relaxed pandemic restricts.
Further, the report reveals that out of the 305,635 arrivals, 94,241 came to visit family and friends.
As well as 92,828 for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) purposes.
Additionally other categories include 87,629 for holidays, 15,811 were on transit and 8,637 for education.
3,592 tourists arrived for medical purposes, 1,722 for religious purposes, and 1,175 for sports.
Furthermore, in the report the top five source markets are USA (49,178), Uganda (31,418), Tanzania (31,291), China (18,069), and then the United Kingdom (16,264).
Tourism CS Najib says they are encouraged by the numbers although we are not there as a country.
Because this is only a fifth of the two million visitors, we received in 2019.said Balala.
In addition, he says the reverberating effects are caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
He cites low numbers compared to other pre-pandemic times.
But we understand this is because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that ensued which affected the travel trends this year.he added
The major points of entry in terms of air transport are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (218,992) and Moi International Airport.
Mombasa (16,054) and Wilson Airport (1,305).