NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Chinese-built Standard
Gauge Railway (SGR) has boosted domestic tourism in Kenya, a
pan-African online travel agency said on Tuesday.
Country Manager for Jumia Travel Kenya, told a media briefing in
Nairobi that the railway line passes through several tourists
destinations along the Nairobi-Mombasa route that were
previously inaccessible for domestic tourism.
“The convenience of
the SGR has made it easier for Kenyans to access wildlife sites
along the Nairobi-Mombasa railway as well as the city of Mombasa
for recreation purposes,” Onyiego said.
“Travel by train is
safer as compared to traveling on the roads and this has played
a huge impact on the domestic tourism sector,” he said during
the release of the Hospitality Report Kenya 2018.
The report delves
into the country’s travel, tourism, and hospitality ecosystem,
looks at the sector’s contribution to Kenya’s gross domestic
product (GDP), as well as technology trends shaping the
According to the
report, Mombasa received 24 percent of all domestic tourists in
2017, up from 16 percent in the previous year largely due to the
operationalization of the SGR passenger service between Nairobi
The report indicates
that the hospitality sector has taken advantage of the SGR to
market travel packages to domestic and foreign tourists.
The survey shows
that some of the key economic drivers in 2017 were enhanced
security in the country and infrastructural developments like
The findings also
show that domestic tourism expenditure grew about 16 percent in
2017 compared to 2016, with Kenyans taking up approximately 4
million bed nights in 2017, up from 3.5 million in 2016.