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TOURISM, A MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVE IN AFRICA

TOURISM STATISTICS IN AFRICA

Over the years, tourism as an industry has proven to be one of the major sources of income across a great number of African countries. According to the World Tourism Organization, Africa has the second fastest growing tourism industry in the world with Southeast Asia closely ahead of Africa. Wildlife sites by research are the most visited tourist destinations in Africa with countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, etc earning grossly from these wildlife sites located in their respective countries. Annually, an estimated number of 65.3 million international tourists visit Africa and this shoots the revenue per annum in the continent.

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This influx of tourists affect positively, the income in Africa. In 2014, Africa generated revenue of a whooping amount of $43.6 billion. UK’s World Travel and Tourism Council upon research stated that the international tourism sector now accounts for 8.1% of Africa’s total GDP. In Africa, an estimated number of 20 million people are working directly or indirectly in the tourism sector which amounts to 7.1% of all jobs in Africa. Tourism has created jobs such as tour guides, aviation staff, interpreters, etc. Tourism also boosts the hospitality sector especially in Sub- Saharan Africa.

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Foreigners access hotels and other hospitality locations and this boosts the income of those working in the hospitality sector. The Oyala Kempinski hotel is the biggest hotel development project in Sub Saharan Africa with 451 rooms to enhance hospitality to boost tourism in Sub- Saharan Africa.
Tourism should be worked on and developed more in this continent to make it more attractive to boost tourism and generate more revenue. Africa in some time to come can be the number one tourism destination if the necessary care is taken and the right development is established.

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