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Kenya's tourism improves despite terror fears

20 August 2015, 08:24

Nairobi - Kenya's tourism industry is projected to defy threats of terror and record growth during the second half of the year.

On the contrary, in the past six months, the East African country received a knock on tourism arrivals recording an 18,9 percent down slump from 428 585 arrivals in the same period in 2014 as opposed to 347458 for January and June 2015.

However, in the month of July, major Kenya tourism groups have witnessed a sharp increase in arrivals of both domestic and international tourists breathing a sigh of relief to the industry.

As such, the Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers and Caterers said country's would witness huge inflows in the last six months of the year from July to December with Maasai Mara national reserve recording the highest bed occupancy rate at between 80-100 per cent.

The projections come amid outbreaks of terror attacks by the Islamic militant Al-Shabaab group.

The terror group, which is protesting against the presence of Kenyan forces in crisis-ravaged Somalia, has of late caused anxious moment for the region’s largest economy. 

- CAJ News

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