Kenya Posts 96.3% Rise in Visitors from the UAE
January to October 2012 Arrivals Indicate Continued Upward Trend
Dubai, UAE – January XX 2013 : The Kenya Tourist Board (KTB)has reported a 96.3% rise in the number of UAE visitors for the first ten months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Between January and October 2012, there were 32,865 arrivals into Kenya from the UAE compared to 16,738 in 2011. As a result, the UAE now holds 3.2% of Kenya’s market share compared to 1.6% in 2011.
Speaking about the latest figures, John Chirchir, Regional Marketing Manager at the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) said, “Since establishing a representational office in Dubai, the number of visitors from the UAE has continued to register double-digit growth year on year and these recent arrival figures show UAE as the fastest growing inbound market for Kenya. The key drivers of this remarkable growth are Kenya’s safari offerings which allow visitors to really experience the country’s natural beauty as well as adventure, in addition to the diversity of Kenya’s cultures and attractions."
A major tourist attraction has always been Kenya’s safaris and abundance of wildlife where visitors are more likely than not to encounter all of the ‘big five’, which includes lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo and rhinos, among a myriad of many hundreds of different types of fauna and birdlife species, while the country’s landscapes and natural wilderness offer visitors a prime opportunity to get close to nature for both relaxation and rejuvenation. The best way to discover Kenya’s natural world is on Safari, which can be experienced the conventional way by four-wheel drive vehicles or on horseback, by bicycle, on foot or even more exciting, from a hot air balloon. Hot air balloon Safaris are proving especially popular with tourists seeking unique once in a life-time experiences as the early morning activity does not only provide amazing sights and sounds of some of Kenya’s most picturesque landscapes from the sky, but is followed by a picnic breakfast in the bush itself.
An increasingly popular way to experience the Kenyan bush is on foot with a Walking Safari, where expert trackers escort visitors through Kenya’s wilderness to track big game. Visitors are guided on various guidelines in order to enjoy these walks through the thick vegetation cover, look for tracks and how to use the wind to disguise their scent. They can also watch close hand how the animas move and how its senses are heightened as it becomes increasingly aware of the visitors’ presence. There are few experiences as exhilarating as a close encounter with an elephant, lion or buffalo and the whole experience can create a real adrenaline rush within the safe confines of being at all times secured by the presence of expert trackers and security.
John Chirchir adds: “In addition to general leisure travel, we are also finding more and more corporations from the UAE are choosing Kenya and our safaris as a unique and memorable destination for incentive trips, due to our easy direct and short flight access by major airlines, Kenya being a year-round destination, with visa on arrival for most nationalities and for the ease of travelling in Kenya as English is widely spoken throughout.”
At just over four-hours flying time from any major city in the GCC, Kenya is an ideal short haul destination for residents within the region. In addition, the number of airlines travelling to Kenya from around the G.C.C.continuesto grow with Kenya Airways, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and RwandAir all flying directly from the UAE to Kenya, and Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines flyingdirectly from additional G.C.C. cities to Kenya.
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