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Kenya's tourism revenues jump 20 percent in 2017

Staff Writer | February 9, 2018
Kenya's revenue from tourism jumped 20 percent last year as the sector continued to recover from a series of attacks on the country a few years ago that had deterred foreign visitors.
Kenya tourism
Africa   Tourism minister Najib Balala said:
Revenues from tourism, one of Kenya's main hard currency earners alongside tea and horticulture, totalled 120 billion shillings ($1.2 billion) for the year, tourism minister Najib Balala said.

The sharp increase came despite some expectations of a slowdown due to a prolonged and tense election period and the accompanying risk of violence.

Tourism arrivals totalled 1.47 million last year, up from 1.34 million in 2016, the minister said. That, however, was still well below a peak of 1.83 million in 2011.