Could Kenya increase inbound travel for surrogacy?
There is an opportunity to increase surrogacy travel to Kenya as legislation shuts down competing markets such as India.
Several Asian countries have adopted stricter surrogacy regulations to restrict surrogacy tourism, the latest being India.
Surrogacy and/or egg donation have proven to be a bonus for people who otherwise failed to conceive naturally. This procedure, however, requires a great deal of patience, as well as medical and legal knowledge, as well as a full-fledged support system.
Intended parents, surrogate mothers, IVF experts, egg donors and surrogacy agencies who organize the process all have different perspectives.
It is also a potential income for agencies, hotels, airlines, lawyers and local tourist operators.
Indian surrogacy agencies are looking for alternative markets and Kenya is at the top of the list. The country has recently become a popular destination for fertility tourism, offering many choices of IVF clinics, and is a place where surrogacy services can be obtained at minimal cost.
Single mothers are a key target in Kenya, which is crucial for European clients who prefer single or divorced surrogates. The English-speaking country also has strong air connectivity, making it an easily accessible destination.
Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism has forecast international arrivals to top one million in 2022 as the sector recovers from the effects of Covid-19. A report by the Tourism Research Institute Kenya recorded a growth of 53.29% in the number of international visitor arrivals, with 870,465 visitors in 2021 compared to 567,848 in 2020 and over 2 million in 2019.