Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala Photo: Courtesy

Kenya’s tourism has projected hope as international tourism arrivals for the months between January and April 2016 by air and sea increased by 14%. However fear faces the sector with the ongoing political protests in the capital. Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says international arrivals for the period under review hit 263.3,compared to 231.4 in the previous season.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) arrivals grew by 13.6 percent in the period under review to recorded 229. 6 as compared to 202.1 in 2015. Moi International Airport Mombasa on the other hand recorded an 9.8 percent growth. Cruise ship arrivals stood at 1880 in the period under review.

Balala says , the tension on the IEBC protest is setting a bad precedence and the country could be going back to political instability.

The sector has suffered a lot of turbulence owing to insecurity in the country, losing about sh12.5 billion since 2011 and left over 30, 000 people are unemployed. In 2015, tourism receipts for 2015 declined by 3 percent to record sh84.6 billion compared to sh87.1 billion in 2014, 2011 closed at sh97.9 billion, 2012 at 96.02 billion and 2013 sh94 billion.

Traditional markets in 2015 recorded a decline owing to travel advisories from these markets.
United Kingdom tourists went down by 15 percent to 98,523 while the United States tourists went down by 10 percent to 84, 749. Italy was the worst hit with tourist arrivals from the country going down by 34 percent to 33,415 from 51,092 recorded in 2014.