The COVID-19 pandemic has brought Kenya’s travel and tourism sectors to a complete standstill, triggering heavy job cuts and revenue losses in the aviation, hospitality and entertainment industries.
Industry executives now estimate that revenues will drop by at least 60 percent by the end of this year, a figure that is likely to increase.
Kenya Association of Travel Agents Chief Executive Agnes Mucuha, recently told local media that Covid-19 had brought the travel and tourism sector to a halt, owing to cancellation of international flights and movement restrictions in Nairobi and the coastal town of Mombasa.
On a global scale, the International Air Transport Association(IATA) says that based on travel restrictions and an expected global recession, air transport industry revenues could fall to US$252 billion, 44 percent below 2019 figures.
Kenya has suspended all international passenger flights in and out of the country. Kenya’s national airline along with other airlines and the rest of the travel industry are facing an uncertain future caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
If the pandemic continues for several more months, the World Travel and Tourism Council, projects a global loss of 75 million jobs and US$2.1 trillion in revenue.
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