, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – The number of international tourists to Kenya declined by a marginal 0.3 percent in 2012, with 1,780,760 arrivals against 1,785 382 tourists who visited the country in 2011.
Briefing the press on the 2012 performance, Tourism Minister Dan Mwazo, however, said that the tourism sector has fairly managed to hold onto the gains of 2011, saying he expects the sector to grow and regain this year.
“I thank the industry players for having put great effort considering that last year was an election year we had a lot of insecurity issues and these numbers indicate that our sector is growing and we can only expect the best,” he observed.
Mwazo said that Nairobi had a growth of 1.7 percent whereas Mombasa had a decline of 20 percent, in international arrivals.
“Mombasa had a decline due to the political tensions around it but the police have done a great job to contain it,” he said.
Mwazo added that Europe has remained the key market with a share of 43 percent followed by Africa with a share of 24 percent America comes third with 13 percent, Asia 12 percent and middle East at 5 percent.
“In regional Markets, Uganda has grown at 30 percent and South Africa, an impressive growth of 6.8 percent,” he announced.