Africa’s travel and tourism industry is recording impressive growth numbers. The number of international tourism arrival grew 9 percent, from 58 million in 2016 to 63 million in 2017. Travel and tourism contribution to Africa’s GDP was expected to reach 12% (a 3.7% rise) in 2018.
According to the Hospitality Report, the level of growth is above the global performance of a 7% rise in 2017. Africa Business reports that the good performance of the continent was driven by “the continued recovery in Tunisia & Morocco and strong performance in Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.” Destinations such as Seychelles, Cabo Verde and Reunion recorded double-digit growth in arrivals.
The industry is expected to offer 23 million jobs (3.1% increase) in 2018. According to the report, a lot of hotel construction is going on, with a pipeline activity of 76,322 rooms in 418 hotels (with over 100 brands across Africa).
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Meta + teaser: Travel and tourism in Africa is growing. The number of international tourism arrival grew 9 percent, from 58 million in 2016 to 63 million in 2017.