Even though Ebola outbreaks and the Arab Spring were high on card in recent years in Africa the tourists were not restricted to set their feet to some of the famous spots.
Latest report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development reveals between 1995 and 2014 the rate of tourists grew by 6 percent per year and number of international tourist arrivals doubled in the period. In 2014 the continent was visited by 56 million travelers.
Between 1995 and 1998 the number of international tourist arrivals was 24.1 million while between 2005 and 2008 the figure was 47.8 million. Between the period of 2011 and 2014 the arrivals were 55.9 million.
The primary attractions for international travelers were northern part of the continent. Between 2011 and 2014 about half of total arrivals visited the region.
In terms of countries the highest arrivals were in Egypt (9.9 million), Morocco (9.8 million), South Africa (9.2 million) and Tunisia (6.8 million). Between 2011 and 2014 these four countries accounted more than 60 percent of all international tourist arrivals.
Share of international arrivals between the period of 2011 and 2014 are as below:
Northern Africa – 47 percent
Southern Africa – 22 percent
Eastern Africa – 20 percent
Western Africa – 7 percent
Middle Africa – 4 percent
The report adds revenues too have hiked in Africa by three-folds. Between 1995 and 1998 the figure was about $580 per international tourist arrival and in 2011-2014 it reached $850.
It is also learned four in every ten international visitors were Africans in the continent.
However, experts believe the tourists would increase further if the governments focus on streamlining of visa requirements, create targeted tourism policies and open air routes.