Kenya enjoys tourism growth as Al-Shabaab shrinks

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Reduced attacks by the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab on the Kenyan soil helped the country grow tourism numbers by 9.8 percent in 2017.

Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, said tourist arrivals increased to 1.47 million in 2017 from 1.34 million in 2016.

“The increase in the number is because of the resilience and confidence the visitors have showed on Kenya because of our increased investment in security,” Balala said.

He said investment in security had ensured that Al-Shabaab does not stage attacks in Nairobi or beach-tourism rich coastal city of Mombasa.

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