Tanzania dethrones US as Kenya’s tourism top source market

Tourists tour the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. FILE PHOTO | NMG By KEVIN ROTICH
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Rising virus cases have hampered arrivals from the world’s biggest economy after many countries, including Kenya categorised US travellers as Covid-19 high-risk.

This has forced many of them to either cancel or postpone their trips indefinitely.

This comes at a time when its total infection, which is the highest globally, stands at more than 10 million with over 200,000 deaths.

Unlike the US, Tanzania imposed little restraints amid an economic impact caution on its citizens as well as the just concluded presidential campaigns for elections that saw President John Magufuli re-elected for the second term.

Tanzania edged out the US as Kenya’s leading tourism top source market in September buoyed by its lesser Covid-19 lockdown measures, new data shows.

Rising virus cases have hampered arrivals from the world’s biggest economy after many countries, including Kenya categorised US travellers as Covid-19 high-risk. This has forced many of them to either cancel or postpone their trips indefinitely.

This comes at a time when its total infection, which is the highest globally, stands at more than 10 million with over 200,000 deaths.

Unlike the US, Tanzania imposed little restraints amid an economic impact caution on its citizens as well as the just concluded presidential campaigns for elections that saw President John Magufuli re-elected for the second term.

Significant jump
Latest data from the Tourism Research Institute (TRI) shows the US trailing Tanzania at number three.This is a significant jump from August when the country could not even appear among the top 30 source market of visitors to Kenya.“Tanzania leads with 4, 309 followed by Uganda (3, 812) and US (3, 458),” the data shows.Uganda too jumped from position three it occupied in August to the second position in September.South Africa (68), Philippines (70), Ghana (83), Spain (95), Swaziland (110), Turkey (155), Norway (167) and Pakistan (176) are countries where a few tourists visited Kenya.As a sign of a recovery path following the resumption of both local and international flight in August, September arrivals rose to 85.2 per cent from 14,049 in August to 26, 018.In March, President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed a dusk-to-dawn (7am to 5am) curfew, banned international and local passenger flights. The President also restricted movement in Mombasa, Nairobi, Kilifi and Kwale counties to contain the spread of the virus. Job losses The directive […]

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