2008 News Archive - Holidays - Kenya to delight tourists in 2007

05 01 2007

Kenya's blossoming tourism industry is set to enjoy a bumper 2007 as visitors flock to the African nation from around the world.

It is thought that 1.8 million tourists will arrive in total, representing a steady rise from the 1.7 million visitors in 2006.

Jake Grieves-Cook, chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board, has told the Kenya Standard that the majority of these visitors will arrive from the UK, the US, Japan and China, all of which have strong links with Kenya.

"The outlook is quite impressive. The government should play its role and bring roads and highways to international standards. Security, though not worrying, should also be tackled," he said.

In spite of the concerns, Kenya has flourished in recent years, to the extent that it is now considered one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world.

Mr Grieves-Cook pointed to the Maasai Mara as one of Kenya's key attractions when it comes to international tourism. This large park reserve has a huge population of game and also sees the annual migration of wildebeest every September and October.

Aside from the obvious wildlife attractions, however, the country also boasts some of Africa's most stunning beaches. A popular strategy, in fact, is to enjoy a couple of days on safari before relaxing on one of the outstanding sandy beaches. Likoni and Tiwi - two of the most popular beaches, can be found on the south coast and are well worth a visit.

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