International arrivals to Kenya between July andSeptember 2019, closed at 591 996, compared to the same period last year of 587 385, indicating a growth of 0.8%.

During the July-September period, arrivals through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport closed at 420 770,a growth of 4.8% compared to 401 533 in 2018/19.

Moi International Airport Mombasa (MIAM) received 28 850 visitors, compared to 28 614 in 2018/19, representing a 1.1% growth. Cross-border arrivals closed at 127 862, a decline of 13.4% compared to 147 576 in the same period in FY2018/19.

Kenya isexpected to grow its tourist numbers by 10% compared with last year and reach 2.2 million visitors by the end of 2019, a goal set by Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala.

Balala’s projection is based on a strong performance by the US market, which grew  9.4% in the first half of the year to close at 110 668 compared with 101 167 in the same period last year. Other well-performing markets include France, China and Uganda.

The goal of 2.2 million would be the highest ever number of arrivals in the country's tourism history.

The latest UNWTO Confidence Index findings postulate that global tourism performance for 2019 remains positive yet cautious  with signs of moderate growth for the remainder of the year. The growth has been driven by some strong economies, affordable air travel, increased air connectivity and visa facilitation.