Africa Commits To Sustainable Tourism While Keeping China In Its Sights At Recent UNWTO Meeting In Ethipia
The following is an excerpt from Elite Reports | July 26, 2017 | Newsweek.com |
With over a billion international travellers last year, without a doubt, the global tourism sector has become an economic powerhouse to be reckoned with.
Worldwide, international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9%, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Panel of Experts projects further positive growth of 3% to 4 % in the coming year.
Africa’s inbound tourism arrivals grew by an impressive 8% last year and while the numbers for Africa appear encouraging at first glance, these figures can also be misleading when the reality is that the majority of growth actually represents recovery from arrivals lost in 2014 and 2015. Currently, Africa receives between 3% to 5% of global tourism arrivals and the continent continues to lag behind other regions of the world. Considering the vastness of the continent and the uniqueness of its offer, these low figures demonstrate its immense potential for future growth.
Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, Ethiopia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism commented on the issue. “Africa’s investment opportunities are growing for both advanced and emerging economies on the continent. This is mainly due to the fact that Africa has so much potential, with immense and untapped natural resources, a young and competitive work force, relatively sustainable economic growth, and a comparative advantage of peace and security –despite a few localized areas of conflict that may sometimes hamper the continent’s image.”
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