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Kenya: Tourism revenue doubles as arrivals increase by 91%

Tourism revenue more than doubled in the eight months to August as the sector continued to recover from a slump over the past two years, despite 2022 being an election year.

According to Tourism Secretary Najib Balala, the sector recorded 167.10 billion shillings against 83.16 billion shillings in the same period last year.

July recorded the highest receipts of the period at 26.99 billion shillings, with August registering 23.86 billion shillings following an increase in the number of international tourists.

The number of visitors jumped 91.4% to 924,812 from 483,246 in the same period last year.

The growth follows the continued global recovery in international travel after the pandemic, spurred by countries including Kenya allowing travelers a double whammy.

“We saw that 2022 was a very good year, and our best month is July to August. Despite the elections, the numbers have increased because we held peaceful elections,” Balala said.

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