The United Nations Economic Commission has stated that Africa’s tourism has the potential to create an additional $50 billion more in gross domestic product (GDP).
According to the Head of the Commission, Vera Songwe, 10% of exports are already in tourism industries and it is a statistic that can easily be doubled, warning that restrictions on movements across the continent hamper the sectors development and growth.
Songwe explained: “Liberalisation and free movement of goods and people across the continent. Secondly, the economic commission for Africa is working with the African Union (AU) to see how we can develop a comprehensive African tourism strategy that allows people to move from Zanzibar to Algeria to Cameroon to Djibouti in a seamless way.”
“That is what tourism can develop for the continent. But to do that we must first of all pass the protocol of free movement which we think [and] we hope we can get.”
Meanwhile, the Commission pointed that 4000 trade fairs were cancelled globally in 2020 and this had a negative impact on the industry.