African Tourism keen on mending the challenges

Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017

indexThe year 2017 has been named by the United Nations as the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development because of the possibility of tourism to enhance economic growth by generating plenty of job opportunities, luring of investment, attracting entrepreneurship, preservation of ecosystem along with biodiversity, safeguarding cultural heritage and endorsing empowerment of local communities. The policy makers at the international and national levels have come to realize the possibility of tourism and this understanding is showing up on the laws and policies being formulated.

 

Besides promoting inclusive growth and financial development, tourism can balance development tactics targeted at encouraging financial diversification and structural transformation within the right policy context. Tourism has the probability to immensely contribute to the GDP of the country, employment and export earnings. Tourism sector is pretty job-rich, hiring reasonably higher number of women and youth. Women employees in tourism sector make up between 60 and 70 percent on a global scale, and half of the employees are between the age 25 or younger. Therefore, the sector has the chance to foster higher number of inclusive growth (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD), 2017).

 

In addition, keeping in mind that majority of international travel happens within a traveler’s own region and if the income in terms of continental disposable increases, there is a greater possibility for improving continental and intra-regional travel in Africa.

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