Published on : Friday, June 9, 2017
Africa is exquisitely beautiful, but the future of the continent’s economy is dependent on how the potential of tourism is properly made use of. Here are five interesting indicators of tourism becoming the biggest contributor to Africa’s economy:
Diversity of landscapes and cultural richness
Africa is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Some examples of the beautiful destinations in the country remain Tsavo National Park in Kenya, Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Olumo & Zuma Rock in Nigeria, Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe, Kasubi Tombs in Uganda, Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and Lago Rosa (Lake Retba or Lac Rose) in Senegal.
Young and urban population – part of the growing middle class
The youth are the future of any nation’s economy. The African youths are now part of the growing middle class. According to the recently released hospitality report on Africa, the growing middle class, comprising majorly of youth, are found to travel more to these destinations in 2016. Since the future of the African economies lies with the youth, tourism is bound to become better.
Growing uptake of e-commerce, enabling rise of tech startups
The increase of e-commerce companies in Africa has boosted more and more tech startups in the continent. As e-commerce continues to experience a gradual boom, additional employments will be created, more people will have the means to travel and explore the continent.
Although there’s a deficit of infrastructure development in Africa, there’s still hope. Government institutions in every country are now making frantic efforts to provide an enabling environment for tourism to thrive, such as the provision of good roads, building world-class airports, rehabilitating old ones, ensuring 24/7 power supply, and much more. These improvements will simplify the stress of travelling to or within the continent.
Increasing interest in the continent
Organizations are showing interest to invest in the continent, considering how much potential it has. More and more airlines are being introduced almost every year; international hotel chains are expanding into Africa and many event organizations are tapping into Africa.
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