News & Updates

Half-year visitor arrivals – USA records 9% Growth

Half Year Performance (Jan-June 2019) The US market continues to top as Kenya’s tourist source market recording a 9.391 % growth in the 2019 half year (Jan.-June) compared to the same period last year. The market reported   110,668 arrivals up from 101,167 posted in the same period in 2018 There was however a slight drop
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Kenya taps into APTA to increase visitor volumes

Kenya is increasing its penetration into the US market through travel agents focusing on promoting African destination. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) will be lobbying for more travel agents to enlist Kenya’s tourism products and experiences for sale during the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA) forum. As one of the main sponsors
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UK It is all about new tastes and experiences

UK travelers are out to explore and experience new attractions in their buck list. Experience travel and connecting with the local is a new trend for them. They are also conscious with their budget and all-inclusive package is preferable to them When you are packaging a tour plan for them, keep in mind activities such
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India market, fertile for family travel

Consumer Trends •Family Oriented Holidays •Last Minute bookings: Individuals and Corporates •Aspirational, mono-destination, immersion •Activity: Partying, Adventure, Themed (Millennials), Children activities •Romantic Holidays / Honeymoon Travel Motivations •Social Status •Relax and Enjoy + Family/loved ones •Nostalgia / Dreams •Escape / Mental well-being •Knowledge and Enrichment Consumer Trends •Family Oriented Holidays •Last Minute bookings: Individuals and
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PERFORMANCE OVER VIEW

The total international arrival by air and sea for the FY 2018/19 closed at 2,027,223 up from 1,488,370 in FY 2017/18, indicating a growth of 36.2%. JKIA recorded arrivals for the period closed at 1,376,263 up from 848,521 illustrating a growth of 62.2% MIAM recorded arrivals for the period closed at 129,346 up from 119,910
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Top travel trends

Emerging trends driving tourism business as researched by online travel journals unpack three most trends to consider for your potential visitor; Merging business trips with leisure Conferences are opportunities to leverage. When reaching out to meeting planners, consider offering them information about leisure activities that might interest them. In 2017, according to the study ‘Multi-National
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From the Markets

Americas US market is Kenya’s leading tourist source market placing the Americas Continent in the 3rd position with a share of 14.5% which translates to 293,545 arrivals. Expedia Group Media Solutions, gives insight into the Travel habits, behaviors, and influences of U.S. and Latin American Travelers. Majority of the arrivals from the continent came are
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UPCOMING EVENTS

MKTE calling for registration Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) 2nd-4th October, 2019. Do not be left out of the 9th edition of MKTE. The expo provides you an opportunity for business to business (B2B) deals with international buyers. You still have a chance to register. Please get in touch with us: exhibit@mkte.co.ke or hosting@mkte.co.ke for
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Why Diani remains leading beach in Africa

World Travel Awards (WTA), the Oscars of travel industry has for the 6th time in a row voted Diani Africa’s leading beach destination. This was during the 2019 WTA edition held in Mauritius in June this year in which Kenya Tourism board (KTB) was also voted Africa’s leading tourist board for the 7th time. It
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Generation Alpha driving travel decisions

Never-ending family holidays are on the up Family travelling has always been a staple to the annual program, but now family sabbaticals are taking over influenced by the likes of @thebucketlistfamily, @byjetpack and @travelling_family. “Given that by 2020 it’s estimated that roughly half the UK and American workforce will be freelance and that 40 per
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Sustainability is driving accommodation decisions

According to the Booking.com sustainability travel report, “over half (55%) of global travellers report being more determined to make sustainable travel choices than they were a year ago, but barriers include a lack of knowledge and available or appealing options when trying to put this into practice.” (Booking.com 2019) These sustainable decisions include accommodation. “73%
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Destination Insights

Top destinations in 2019 are predicted to be The Turkish Riviera, Egypt, The Peloponnese (Greece), Matera (Italy), Perth (Western Australia), The Scottish Highlands, St Barths (Caribbean), Arles (France), Valle de Guadalupe and New Orleans. (CN Traveller 2019) TV shows have increasingly brought travellers to destinations, but in 2019 we will see this grow even further.
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Travel Technology

Mobile is our technology leader for 2019 62.9% of the population own a smartphone and on average spend between 3.5 to 5 hours using it daily. (TrekkSoft 2019) On average, adults (16+) look at their mobile phone every 12 minutes, they check it within 5 minutes of waking up and 78% say they can’t live
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Tour & Activity Insights

Phocuswright has predicted that by next year, the overall tours and activities segment will grow to $183 billion. (Phocuswright 2019) Arival – the in-destination event – shared that not only is the tours & activities sector now the third largest sector in travel, it’s the most memorable part of travel and the area with the
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In 2019 the tourism consumer is: Wiser; we’re in the everyone’s an expert environment; at the root of this is the almost compulsive need for digital consumers to absorb and share information which is riven with the global reach of the internet. Self Sufficient, consumers are adopting the attitude of “I can look after myself”.
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ENHANCING KENYA’S COMPETITVENESS IN GROWING INDIA’S MICE BUSINESS

India is one of Kenya’s top tourist source markets. Kenya is aiming at increasing its performance in this market through increasing arrivals of high value tourists. India’s Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) segment offers an opportunity to achieve this. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has implemented several MICE related initiatives and wishes to share with
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WOOING HIGH YIELD CHINESE TOURISTS TO KENYA

Tourist arrivals from China has been growing steadily over the last five years. However, there is need to balance sustainability and yield from this key market. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) is now gearing to increase high yield tourist arrivals from China and extend their visitation beyond the two months of July and August during the
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Tourist arrivals MIAM 2

Arrival by air records 15.7% growth

Overview of January Inbound Air Arrivals Total international arrivals for January 2019by air closed at 88,705 compared to 76,649 in 2018, illustrating an increase of 15.7%. During the period under review, JKIA arrivals grew by 9.4% to record 61,137 compared to 66,859 in 2018.Moi International Airport Mombasa (MIAM), received 21,846 visitors, compared to 15,512 in 2018, a 40.8% growth. Holiday is the major reason of travel into Kenya in January, taking a
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