There is an opportunity to step up surrogacy travel to Kenya as legislation shuts down competing markets such as India.
Several Asian nations have enacted stricter surrogacy regulations to restrict surrogacy tourism, most recently India.
Surrogacy and/or egg donation have proven to be a bonus for people who otherwise have not conceived naturally. However, this procedure requires a lot of patience, medical and legal understanding as well as a mature support system.
Intended parents, surrogates, IVF professionals, egg donors, and surrogacy agencies organizing the process all have different perspectives.
It is also potential income for agencies, hotels, airlines, lawyers and local tour 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, boasts many IVF clinics and is a place to avail surrogacy services at minimal cost.
Single mothers are a key target group in Kenya, which is crucial for European clients who prefer single mothers or divorced surrogates. The English-speaking country also has good flight connections, making it an easily accessible travel destination.
Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism has forecast international arrivals will surpass one million in 2022 as the sector recovers from the impact of Covid-19. A report of Tourism Research Institute Kenya saw 53.29% growth in the number of international visitor arrivals with 870,465 visitors in 2021 versus 567,848 in 2020 and over 2 million in 2019.