Nairobi listed among the top ten tourism destinations
MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index have identified Nairobi as one of the top destination cities across Africa in this year 2012 and this will most likely help improve on Kenya’s position more so in tourism projections when the industry is trying out every thing to survive amidst the ongoing terrorism attacks from the Al Shabab. Last week the index revealed that they anticipated about 1.8 million visitors who were expected to visit Nairobi in 2012 and inject an estimated $1.5 billion into the city’s economy. This is about 10% growth in visitor numbers and a 16.7% growth in visitor spending over the 2011 Index results.
Currently the Index is used as a barometer to help understand the economy of the whole world and the dynamic flow of commerce across the world. Meanwhile the Index ranks 132 cities in the world basing on total number visitor from different countries and the cross-border spending by these visitors in the destination cities, and gives visitor and passenger growth forecasts for 2012.
13 of these 132 destination cities are in African and besides Nairobi; others are Accra, Cairo, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Beira, Cape Town, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Lagos, Maputo, and Tunis. And then Charlton Goredema, Vice President, Market Manager, East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, MasterCard Worldwide mentioned that Nairobi is in 4th position out of the 13 cities which rive the highest numbers of visitors.
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