Africa’s Top 5 Opportunities for Tourism
Africa’s tourism potential remains largely untapped. The continent accounts for 15 percent of the world population yet receives only about 3 percent of world tourism receipts and 5 percent of tourist arrivals, writes African Development Bank Group Vice-President and Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube in the foreword of the inaugural issue of the Africa Tourism Monitor in 2013. To maximize Africa’s tourism potential, he continues, critical investments are needed in key infrastructure sectors.
Access to better roads and increased airline connections are a start. But these efforts must be followed by improved energy access and bolstered telecommunications. An ease in the complexities of border crossing and accessing information could also move the sector forward.