Tourist arrivals to Africa up by record 8% in 2016, reveals UNWTO

Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

UNWTO logoAfrica welcomed 58 million tourists last year, a rise of eight per cent as compared to 2015, according to the latest data received from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). In 2015, 54 million tourists visited Africa.

 

When it comes to global tourist traffic, Africa’s share continues to hover around five per cent.

 

“Available data for Africa points to an eight percent rebound in international arrivals last year after two troubled years, adding four million arrivals to reach 58 million,” the UNTWO said.

 

The growth was led by sub-Saharan Africa ( 11 percent) while a gradual recovery started in North Africa ( 3 percent).

 

“2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth following the 2009 global economic and financial crisis. A comparable sequence of uninterrupted solid growth has not been recorded since the 1960s,” the UNWTO said.

 

African authorities in the sector, including Africa’s candidate for the post of UNWTO secretary general, Dr Walter Mzembi, are seeking ways to raise the tourism figure.

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