The sad state of Kenyan tourism, that just seems to keep getting sadder
Under the headline ❝Hotels hit as foreign tourist arrivals drop❞ the Daily Nation reported yesterday that charter flights from Europe had dropped to less than 10 per week compared to 17 to 20 in the same period last year.
Edelweiss the Swiss airline has announced it will pull out of the Mombasa route next summer.
Bed occupancy in Mombasa was down to 50% from 70% in the same period last year. Hotels in Malindi and Watamu had less than 40% occupancy, while those in the South Coast are below 30%.
At the same time Qatar and Condor airlines had been refused licenses to fly into Mombasa to protect local airlines
Business Daily carried the same story
❝Tourism sector is under increasing pressure to look for new sources of visitors as numbers from the traditional markets continue to dip.
Statistics for the 2012/2013 tourism performance released on Thursday showed an overall drop in numbers by nine per cent to 1.2 million from 1.3 million last year.
Earnings from the sector, that contributes 11 per cent to the GDP, reduced by seven per cent to Sh96 billion, down from Sh104 billion the previous year❞
❝Tourism shakes over political uncertainty. Bad policies and travel advisories see sector earnings rise and fall erratically....❞
❝Tour firms to raise fees as VAT begins to bite❞