Political stability and government policies have paved the way for a tourism boom in Kenya.
Western countries have relaxed their safety concerns and the recent, and uncharacteristically calm, elections have created an attractive climate for tourism to prosper. In fact, shortly after the poll, tourist numbers in Kilifi county surged.
Government too has been keen to promote the country to visitors: tax reduction on certain flights, elimination of VAT on parking and the relaxation of child visa fees have all made Kenya an attractive holiday destination.
It’s only a couple of months old but the Madaraka Express is a success. It has already transported 200,000 passengers between Nairobi and Mombasa and can only boost tourism numbers further, particularly domestic tourists.
Even nature is on Kenya’s side
And to top it off, even the wildebeest were doing their bit: their annual migration attracted visitors to the country’s famous Masai Mara National Reserve. It was particularly popular with Polish, Italian and Japanese nationals. Numbers were also up at other safaris and game reserves.
The future looks bright
If Kenya can maintain the calm, tourism looks set to become a significant source of revenue and foreign investment for the nation: professional services firm PwC predicts 13 hotels are going to set up in the country over the next 5 years.