International visitor arrivals up 6% in first quarter  10th Jul 2018

Tourist arrivals to Kenya increased by 6.1% during the first quarter of the year, signalling better tidings for the sector at the start of 2018.Total international arrivals for January to March 2018 by air and sea closed at 237,944 compared to 224,233 in 2017.

During the period under review, arrivals through JKIA dropped by 1.4% to 192,958 compared to 195,630 in 2017.

Moi International Airport Mombasa (MIAM) received 43,315 visitors, compared to 27,697 in 2017, reflecting a growth of 56.4%.

Arrivals by cruise ship for the period grew by 84.4% to 1,671 compared to 906 in February 2017.

Business and conferences stood at 27,561, contributing 11% of the total arrivals within the review period compared to 35,851 which contributed 16% in 2017. The marginal decline in the number of business travelers is attributed to the long electioneering period that led to the cancellation of business meetings due to uncertainty

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