African countries are greeting record number of visitors

Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017

African countriesIn 2016, few tourist destinations in Africa were some of the rapid growing and highly admired destinations in the world. This situation prevailed in spite of the setbacks in recent years like the Arab Spring or the outbreak of high-profile disease like Ebola.

 

The increase in the numbers of Africans traveling within the continent is one of the reasons for that stupendous growth in tourism. According to a new report by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development shows that between 1995 and 2014, the total number of international tourist arrivals to Africa has doubled as overseas tourist arrivals to Africa reached 56 million respectively.

 
Highest number of international tourists was witnessed at Northern Africa. It received almost half of total international arrivals between 2011-2014 in Africa. In Africa, arrival concentrated mainly across countries like, Egypt (9.9 million), Morocco (9.8 million), South Africa (9.2 million) and Tunisia (6.8 million) recorded the highest average numbers of international tourist arrivals between the year 2011 and 2014 respectively. The countries mentioned aforesaid accounted for more than 60% of all international tourist arrivals to Africa between 2011 and 2014.

 
Tourism export revenues have risen three-fold in last two decades regardless of the recent blows to the industry like the 2010 Arab Spring. It reached $47 billion in 2014 with average tourism export revenues per international tourist arrival rising from $580 in 1995–1998 to $850 in 2011–2014.

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