Kenya announces new tourism incentives for travellers
Kenya government has unveiled an unprecedented tourism incentive package in an effort to boost visitor numbers and entice travellers back to the land of the original safari.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the implementation of a combination of attractive incentives including visa waivers, park fee reductions, infrastructure improvements and increased services; all in an effort to revive and restore Kenya’s tourism crown.
• Visa fees for children less than 16 years are to be waived indefinitely from 1 February 2016
• VAT charges on national park entry fees are to be completely removed, with Kenya Wildlife Service Park fees to be capped at USD$60 (down from USD$90) for the 2016/17 financial year
• The Charter Incentive Scheme, currently waiving landing fees at Mombasa and Malindi airports and providing a USD$30 rebate for all disembarking tourists, is now set to continue until 30 June 2018 to help the industry regain its full strength
• The President has also set aside Kshs1.2 billion for charter incentives to stimulate interest from potential new charters to the coastal region, while at the same time encouraging those already flying throughout the area to increase their flight frequency
• The upcoming expansion of Malindi Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are set to ease the arrival of visitors as well as offer facilities to handle the increase in global travellers the President anticipates
• Kenya’s coastal region will also see the construction of the Port – Reitz Mombasa Road and the Dongo – Kundu Bypass, allowing tourists to travel to the South Coast (Diani) without having to use the ferry service