Kenya tourism earnings double as arrivals soar

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NAIROBI, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Kenya’s tourism earnings more than doubled to 167.1 billion shillings ($1 billion) in January to August from 83 billion shillings in the same period a year ago, Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala said on Friday.

Balala said in a statement the earnings were as a result of a 91% rise in the number of international visitors to 924,812 partly due to a recovery from the pandemic, and forecasts strong growth to the end of the year.

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Tourism alongside horticulture, tea and remittances are Kenya’s top foreign exchange earners.

($1 = 120.2000 Kenyan shillings)

Reporting by George Obulutsa Editing by James Macharia Chege