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Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Africa earned $35 billion (R455.1bn) in tourism receipts last year, reflecting an 8% growth over the previous year. This was due to improved security and visa procedures, according to a report published by the UNWTO last week.
Tourist arrivals in Africa account for 5% of global figures. While 58 million international tourists visited the region, increasing by 4 million in 2015, this marked a rebound from a weaker performance in 2014 and 2015, induced by various health-related issues, and geopolitical and economic problems.
Sub-Saharan Africa registered a 10% growth in international tourist arrivals, which led to the region’s recovery.
South Africa, the sub-region’s top destination, enjoyed a 13% growth in international tourist arrivals, which is partly due to simpler visa procedures.