Kenya’s tourism earnings between January and August 2022 rose to KES 167 billion, up from KES 83 billion fetched in the previous financial year.
The tourism earnings are a reflection of a 91% growth in the number of international visitor arrivals into the country in the period that stood at 924,812, as compared to 483,246 recorded in the same period in 2021.
According to data released by the Tourism Research Institute, the numbers are, however, 31% lower than the 1,345,859 recorded in the same period in 2019.
July posted the highest receipts in the period at KES 26.99 billion, with August recording KES 23.86 billion following a rise in international tourists.
Out of the 924,812 international arrivals, 313,466 were on holiday, 274,722 visiting family or friends, 258,889for business and Meetings, Incentives, Exhibitions, and Conferences (MICE)- 43883on transit, 16,196 for education, with the rest coming in for other purposes including religion, and sports.