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Tourism Research Institute has compiled the 1st Quarter 2020 tourism sector performance report which highlights the following:

  • International arrival statistics breakdown by nationalities
  • International arrival statistics breakdown by points of entry
  • Top 30 source markets
  • Top 10 source markets 2020 1st Quarter in comparison with 2018 1st Quarter
  • Regional markets performance for 2020 1st Quarter in comparison with 2019 1stQuarter
  • International arrivals receipts
  • Tourism performance projection 2020

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO) defines a tourist as a person traveling to and staying in places outside his/her usual environment for at least 24 hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes. Therefore, this report analyses all visitors arrivals spending between 24hrs and one year within Kenya.

2. Methodology

2.1 International Arrivals Data

The basic source of data for international tourist arrivals is the State Department for Immigration and Border Management captured through the PISCES (Personal Identification Secure Comparison and Evaluation System) software. Tourist surveys and other statistical approaches are applied to compute and verify variables like tourist demographic characteristics and purposes of visit.

2.2 International Tourist Receipts/Visitor Exports

Data on receipts and expenditure related to international tourism are generally gathered in the framework of the Balance of Payments under the items ‘Services, Travel, Credit and Debit’ (International Tourism Receipts and Expenditure)” UNWTO. The base for this is therefore the foreign exchange credit/balance of payment data from Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). UNWTO and World Tourism Travel Council (WTTC) guidelines/formulae are employed to estimate receipts that are not captured by CBK.

3. International Visitors Arrivals

The total number of international visitors through all points of entry in the 1st Quarter 2020 was 389,590. This represents a year on year decrease of 17.71% compared to 1st Quarter 2019 when arrivals were 473,439.

3.1. International Arrivals by Points of Entry for 1st Quarter 2020 INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL STATISTICS FOR JANUARY-MARCH 2020 BY POINT OF ENTRY
Month JKIA MIA Other Airports Other Entry Points Total
January 113,078 12,205 773 44,747 170,803
February 106,345 11,086 641 32,896 150,968
March 43,346 3,950 239 20,284 67,819
Total 262,769 27,241 1,653 97,927 389,590
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