COVID-19 & the Impact on Tourism

July 6, 2020

Tourism is one of the most important economic sectors in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). The World Bank Tourism in Africa Report (2013) estimated that receipts from tourism could exceed US$100 billion by 2020. Tourism’s main comparative advantage over other sectors is that visitor expenditures have a “flow-through” or catalytic effect across the economy in terms of production and employment creation. The World Bank noted that Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) could be on the cusp of an economic takeoff, much like China was about 30 years ago. SSA is estimated to have attracted over 120 million visitors in 2020 from a small base of just 6.7 million visitors in 1990. When you speak of the best tourist destinations and attractions in Africa, there are thousands that are beautiful and amazing across all African countries.

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