Why tourism in Africa is on the upswing | MNN


The World Tourism Organization sees a bright future for Africa. Over the next dozen years, it projects that the number of tourist arrivals on the continent will jump from about 50 million to 130 million. A growing number of African countries and regional blocs are taking steps to make travel there easier to plan, safer and more streamlined. Low-cost airlines are making inroads, and in the process, they’re making it simpler to travel around Africa on a tighter budget.

What stands in the way of this development? In the past, when something happened in one part of the continent, it cast a shadow on other parts as well. Take the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 as an example. The outbreak was in West Africa, but the entire continent saw a drop in tourism.

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