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    Kenyan tourism rakes in $1.2 billion in 2017 -official

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    Despite the protracted political tension gripping Kenya, the country’s tourism sector has posted impressive growth, raking in $1.2 billion in revenue last year.

    Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Najib Balala said that the sector posted a 20.3 percent growth from last year which recorded profits of $990 million.

    According to figures he made public, 1.474 million tourist arrivals were witnessed in 2017 compared to 1.3 million the previous year.

    “We had projected a 17 percent growth in the sector but only managed 9.8 percent growth owing to the prolonged electioneering period,” he said.

    The United States remained Kenya’s leading tourism market, growing by 17 percent with 114,507 arrivals, followed by the United Kingdom with11.1 percent share of the arrivals, accounting for 107,078 tourists.

    Uganda was third with a share of 6.4 percent at 61,542 arrivals.

    Tourism is Kenya’s second-largest source of foreign exchange revenue after agriculture.


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