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GCSE growth of tourism in Kenya

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Kenya
Country in East Africa that has successfully developed a tourism industry over the past 40 years.
Reasons for tourism
Safari and to visit its spectacular coastline around Mombasa. Wildlife viewing of animals such as lions, elephants and giraffes is the major tourist attraction in Kenya.
1.4million
visitors in 2014
Problems in Kenya
Periodic failure of the rains such as during the 2011-12 Horn of Africa famine and terrorist attacks from the Al-Shabaab group linked to Al Qaeda
$1,245 per person
GDP in 2013, just above LIC status and making it a lower middle income country.
226,500
Jobs creatyed from travel and tourism in 2013
US$5.3billion
Amount tourism brings in to Kenya's economy
17%
Of Kenya's exports came from money spent by tourists in 2014 within Kenya
12.1%
of GDP through direct and indirect (e.g. farms supplying hotels) tourist services.
Local infrastructure
is improved as water and sanitation facilities, roads, buses, taxis and airports are provided for tourists.
Foreign currency spent by tourists
can be invested in improving local education, health and other services
Important projects for local communities
Might be side lined as infrastructure developments are focused on tourists.
Profits
can often go to foreign companies, such as tour operators and hotel chains, rather than to the local community.
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