Tourism numbers still lagging behind in Africa

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Nairobi,KENYA:Tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala has warned that the the tourism sector is  still lagging behind in the African continent.

Speaking on Monday in Nairobi, Balala said that the number of tourists visiting the African continent is too low compared to the rest of the world.

“Tourism is growing worldwide but not in Africa, Africa is a small percentage,”Balala said

He said that only 62 million people visit the African continent out of 1.2 billion people who travel all over the world.

“By 2030, we will have 1.8 billion people travelling , what is in Africa? By 2030, 134 million people will be coming to Africa  which is a small faction globally.”Balala said

The CS said that the total revenue in the tourism sector globally by 2030; Africa will accrue only three percent.

He pointed that Kenya has employed mechanisms to counter the challenge by allowing people from the African continent to travel to Kenya on visa arrival policy, also by upholding technology on visa applications.

He added that the government is trying to look for ways of making travel within and outside the country affordable so as to woo tourists into the country.

Europe makes the highest percentage of tourists visiting Kenya followed by Africa and the US respectively.

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