“We are a stable community following last year’s elections and have returned to business as normal“, said Kenya’s ambassador Joseph Magutt at ITB Berlin. The presidential elections In August 2017, followed by a repeat in October, which was a first on the African continent, had at times led to unrest and protests in the country.
“It was a difficult year“, said Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, the secretary general for tourism. “We were in election mode for six months.” At least it did tourism no harm. On the contrary, Kenya registered a 10 per cent increase in arrivals compared to 2016. The majority of visitors came from the US, followed by the UK and India. In 2017, Kenya also won the World Travel Award for the best safari destination for the third year running.
“We didn’t let this difficult year get us down“, said Dr. Betty Radier, the managing director of the Kenya Tourist Board. That becomes clear looking at the projects the country aims to accomplish this year. In June a cruise terminal is due to be opened in Mombasa. Starting in October, Kenya Airways will be offering direct flights to New York, and a new railway line which opened last year and has reduced the journey from Mombasa to Nairobi to 4.5 hours is due to be expanded into the west of the country.
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