Top Africa Hospitality Facts
- Drives nearly 10% of the economy – Africa’s travel and tourism remains one of the key growth drivers of the continent’s economy, contributing 8.5% (or $194.2bn) of the GDP in 2018; from 8.1% and 7.8% in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
- Spiking global interest and visits – In 2018, the continent received 67 million international tourist arrivals (+7% increase), as compared to 63 million in 2017 and 58 million in 2016. Africa received only 5% share of international arrivals in 2017.
- A key employment sector – The travel and tourism sector directly and indirectly provided employment for about 24.3 million people in 2018, accounting for approximately (6.7%) of total employment.
- Offers life-changing holidays – Leisure remains an important component of Africa’s tourism industry, taking up a majority 71% of the tourist expenditure in 2018.
- Flourishing local and inter-Africa travel – In terms of international versus local spending, international visitors spent a total of USD 58.5 Billion in 2018 (9.6% of total exports) – the ratio that year was 44% international expenditure compared to 56% domestic expenditure.