Africa considers a united front to develop tourism

“Africa is fast establishing itself as one of the most promising regions for tourism,” according to Elcia Grandcourt, regional director for Africa at the United Nations World Tourism Organization, who was addressing a ministerial roundtable discussion at Indaba 2015, the pan-African tourism trade show held in Durban, South Africa, last month.

According to Grandcourt, Africa will receive 85 million international tourist arrivals by 2020 and 134 million in 2030, representing 6.3% and 7.4%, respectively, of international tourist arrivals worldwide. However, she warned that in order for the continent to achieve and sustain this tourism growth, “Africa has to work with Africa.”

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