International arrivals in Africa increased by 6 percent

 Thursday, July 5, 2018 


International arrivals in AfricaAs per the recent United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO’s) World Tourism Barometer, the continent merged in 2017’s robust results, led by Sub-Saharan Africa (+6 per cent) as North Africa witnessed a 4 percent growth during the first quarter of 2018.

Also, international tourist arrivals increased by 6 percent in January to April of this year in comparison to the same time last year. Results show a continuation of the powerful trend witnessed last year (+7 per cent) and so far, surpassed UNWTO’s forecast of 4 percent to 5 percent for the entire year 2018.

In 2017, Africa exceeded its counterparts to record a +9 percent growth in international arrivals, as international tourism receipts increased by 5 percent. This equates to 63 million visitors to Africa, out of the 1,323 million world arrivals; accounting for USD 38 billion receipts.

Assurance in global tourism remains pretty powerful, as per the latest UNWTO Panel of Travel Experts survey.

The Panel’s viewpoint for the current May-August period is the most hopeful time, led by the particularly positive sentiment in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The evaluation of the experts in terms of tourism performance in the initial four months of 2018 was equally robust, in line with the strong results recorded in many destinations around the world.

For the meantime, overseas tourist arrivals increase 6 percent in the first four months of 2018, in comparison to the same time in 2017, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018.


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