African Tourists Boosting Tourism On The Continent

African Tourists Boosting Tourism On The Continent

Tourism in Africa is experiencing significant growth, adding jobs to economies and money to national coffers, according to a new report.

There has been a tremendous leap in intra-African travel with Africans holidaying in other African countries.

The annual Economic Development Report on Africa from the UN's Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD, shows that international visitor numbers to Africa have more than doubled since the late 1990s and are still growing.

But one of the most intriguing facts to emerge from this year's report is that African tourism is being driven by Africans themselves - two out of three international visitors to sub-Saharan countries come from within Africa itself.

Currently, tourism accounts for nearly nine percent of the continent's economy - but analysts say it could be much more, if governments liberalised air transport and further relaxed visa regulation.


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