Africa needs to revive its tourism industry

Published on : Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AfricaAfrica has long been regarded as the ‘Eden’ of the world. Former South African President Jacob Zuma said at Indaba, Africa’s biggest travel show last year that the time has come to showcase Africa and its rich treasures to the world.

Nevertheless, having a leader involved in allegations of corruption hasn’t done much to portray South Africa as a tourist destination that he hoped it to become.

In the same vein, sky-high rates of crimes like murder, rape and violent offences, has hardly helped to portray Africa as a “desirable, welcoming” place that South Africa’s minister of tourism, Tokozile Xasa, mentions in South Africa Tourism’s annual report.

Crime did go down by 1.8 percent in South Africa last year. However, not much has changed in the recent years.

However, South Africa looks all prepared for change following Zuma’s removal as the President.

South Africa expects good things to turn up following Zuma’s resignation, but what it will bring for the tourism sector is still not known.

Tourism plays a big role in South Africa’s economy. 4.5 percent of the nation’s workforce works in the industry, which accounted for 3.1 percent of total GDP in 2015, according to national data provider Statistics South Africa.

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