Plunging tourist numbers raise tempers in troubled Kenya

(Sustainable Tourism Alliance) “For the calendar year 2014, arrivals at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) showed an overall decline by 17.5 percent, reducing from the already downward year of 2013, when only 901,145 passengers arrived at Kenya’s main airport to only 743,600 passengers in 2014. The data for Mombasa makes even grimmer reading as the downturn was more than twice as fast. The year 2014 closed with just 117,796 passengers compared to 2013 when 189,632 arrivals were recorded from abroad, a reduction of 37.9 percent. Countrywide combined, the two sets of data still show an average reduction of arrivals by 21 percent.

The hammerblow though came when the first quarter 2015 data were leaked, which in average show a further downturn by 31 percent over the already sharply lower 2014 figures.”

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Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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