Tourism Sector Performance 2022

Tourism Sector Performance Report.

According to TRI’s Tourism Sector Performance Report 2022, the sector performance was impressive as compared to the year 2021. International visitor arrivals in the year 2022 closed at 1,483,752 which represents a 70.45% increase as compared to the previous year’s arrivals of 870,465. A 72% recovery level was recorded in 2022 compared to 2019. This growth can be attributed to many source countries lessening their Covid-19 restrictions and opening for travel.

JKIA’s performance saw an increase of 64.97% as compared to the previous year when arrivals closed at over one million. Moi International Airport, Mombasa (MIAM) also saw an increase of 65.9%. Notably, a total of 562 visitors used water as a mode of transport through Kilindini harbor.

The United States of America took the top position with 209,360 which was 16% of the total. This was closely followed by Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United Republic of Tanzania with 12%, 10%, and 10% market shares respectively.

Topping the list were visitors on holiday at 36.6%. This was followed by visitors for friends and family at 27.8% of the total. Arrivals on business and MICE came at a close third with 27.2% of the total visitation.

In 2022, inbound tourism earnings grew up to Ksh. 268.09 Billion from Ksh. 146.51 Billion in 2021, indication a growth of 83%.

The domestic bed occupancy in the years 2021 and 2022 grew by 18% from 3,105,413 to 3,677,872 in the months January to December year on year.

ITB Berlin 2023

ITB 2023 is scheduled to take place from 7th to 9th March 2023 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibition is one of the world’s largest tourism trade fairs bringing together suppliers at different levels; tour operators, travel agents, media, online suppliers, destinations, airlines, hotels, DMCs, car rental, etc., and enjoys worldwide media recognition with over 5,000 international and national journalists attending.

Kenya Tourism Board under the Magical Kenya brand will be participating in the show alongside 45 Kenyan travel trade partners. They will be located at Berlin Expo – City Centre, Hall 21 A, stand number 117.

Market Intelligence

According to the latest Euromonitor report, the cost of living and the environmental crisis are changing consumer trends and behaviors.

The report notes that the below factors will define global consumer trends in 2023:

  • Consumers are spending responsibly but emotionally
  • Digitization in purchasing processes
  • Female equality demands
  • Disruptive Gen Z


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