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Kenya – big drop in tourist numbers after Westgate and coast attacks

20 Oct

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

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International tourist arrivals to Kenya fell 13.6 per cent in the first half of this year, following a string of attacks blamed on Somali Islamist insurgents, official figures showed Thursday.

Official data from the Kenya Tourism Board said arrivals totalled 428,585 in the six months to June, compared with 495,978 visitors over the corresponding period last year.

Compared with 2012, the total arrivals for the January-June period fell 24 per cent.

“The numbers have spoken; we performed very badly due to the insecurity experienced, especially at the Kenyan Coast,” Sam Ikwaye, executive officer of the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers, told AFP.

“We have lost the whole year”, he said, explaining that the forecasts for the remainder of 2014 “are not looking good”.

SPATE OF ATTACKS

On the Kenyan coast, the scene of recent killings, hoteliers said business is “even worse than the figures show”.

“We are operating…

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