Published On: Thu, Feb 5th, 2015

Terror cited for Kenya tourism decline

Westgate Mall, Kenya

Westgate Mall, Kenya

NAIROBI – THE terror attacks in the Kenya’s capital in 2013 and subsequent travel warnings by the West have been blamed for the recession of the country’s tourism industry in the past year.

According to statistics, visitors arrivals in the East African nation dropping by 16,7 percent in the first ten months of 2014 compared to the previous year.

Data supplied by government’s Kenya Tourism Board reveal that international arrivals dropped from 873 669 visitors in 2013 to 727 766 in October 2014.

The latest development has seen the Kenya tourism industry lose close to 21 000 jobs last year alone while those workers who remained behind at work have seen their salaries reduced.

“2014 has been a challenging year for the tourism sector, evidenced by the 14.6 per cent decline in the sector’s performance in the third quarter of the year, up from a 3.9 per cent decline during a similar period in 2013,” a statement from Kenya Tourism Federation read.

In September 2013, Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall killing scores of people.

The Australian, British, American and European Union (EU) governments subsequently issued numerous travel warnings.

CAJ News






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