Kenyan Tourism Suffers Worst Year in Recent History
Kenya’s tourism sector suffered its “worst year” in recent history in the face of terror attacks and other insecurity cases leading to a near stagnant international arrivals level. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicates that tourism accounts for 12 per cent of Kenya’s economy, earning revenues averaging Sh103.13 billion annually, and is second only to Agriculture.
The sector, however, crawled into 2014 with hopes of recovery from the negative effects of the 2013 election jitters and the global economic crisis but stakeholders now say international arrivals dropped even further this year. Figures released by the Government in September last year indicate earnings for 2012/2013 dropped by 7.4 per cent to Sh96 billion compared to the Sh103.9 billion recorded the previous financial year.
This was attributed to the uncertainties caused by the March 4 General Election. Stakeholders in the sector say the 2013/2014 performance is expected to be the worst ever due to increased insecurity, especially along the Coast. Several Western countries have issued travels advisory against the country.