February 27th, 2010
Tourism is one of Kenya's most important industries, second only to agriculture. According to Wikipedia, in the year 2000, 1,036,628 tourists visited Kenya. Tourism receipts for that year were approximately $257 million.
Tourism in Kenya is mainly conservation-oriented, with the major draws being wildlife parks, beaches, the Great Rift Valley and coffee plantations. Kenya has 19 national parks, housing animals like rhinoceros, lions, baboons, flamingos, cheetahs and more.
Although tourism revenues declined significantly in 2008 due to the crisis that occurred after the 2007 presidential election, in April 2008 Kenya was still named Best Leisure Destination award at the World Travel Fair in Shanghai, China.
The US Department of State currently has a travel warning issued
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