The year 2008 recorded a 22% decline in tourist arrivals. The adverse performance was partly due to harsh media reports citing political violence in the country, especially after the March Harmonized Elections and also the cholera outbreak in the country during the second half of the year. To an extent the global financial crisis also affected the overseas market. Arrivals from the overseas market increased by 11% form 215 380 in 2007 to 223 427 in 2008. This was mainly driven by the growth in arrivals from the Americas (9%), Asia (11%) and Oceania (9%). There was, however, a drop in tourist arrivals from Europe (1%) and the Middle East (10%).