Kenya nets US$3.7million from charter flight incentive

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has realized US$3.7 million in revenue value from the Charter Incentive Programme.

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, said the Kenya's Charter Incentive Programme is a programme in which chartered aircraft are not charged landing fees at Mombasa and Malindi airports in the Coast region.

Balala said on Wednesday that the programme, aimed at boosting tourist visits to Kenya's Coast region, earned the country US$ 3.7million since 2016.

Balala made the announcement soon after receiving a charter flight by TUI from The Netherlands that brought in 120 visitors at Moi International Airport, in Mombasa.

The charter flight will be flying to Mombasa, the headquarters of Kenya's Coast region, a major tourism hub.

“Moi International Airport is now receiving 15 charter flights per week up from 9 last year. Since 2016 to March this year, there have been 55,000 arrivals into Mombasa and the beach hotels.” added Balala.

The incentive, which has been extended to 2020, applies to tourist charter aircraft with passengers terminating at Moi International Airport, Mombasa, and Malindi Airport.

The arrival of the charter flight from The Netherlands comes barely two weeks after the launch of TUI Belgium charter flights into Mombasa last weekend.

The Netherlands is the fourth largest source market from Europe with 22,108 visitors last year, a 34 percent growth since 2016 which recorded 16,489 arrivals.

Kenya's Coast region is a popular tourist destination, more so those who enjoy the sunshine in the sandy beaches. Another key attraction to tourists are wildlife.

Millions of tourists visit Kenya's national parks and game reserves - attracted by wildbeestes, lions giraffe's zebras, elephants and lions, among other animals.
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