Tourism energizes economies and fuels the economic transformation of countries from Cape Verde to South Africa. Its benefits are clear: It can trigger infrastructure improvements, create good jobs, increase domestic consumption and diversify exports. It also empowers women, young people and marginalized populations, besides contributing to each country’s national image, and stimulating cultural heritage and environmental conservation.

 In addition to this, tourism is a demonstration sector, which leads private-sector growth through its linkages across other sectors. Over the years, it has demonstrated resilience through economic and natural crises.  This book explains how tourism initiates these outcomes, and highlights manners in which Sub-Saharan Africa can address the persistent constraints to the growth of tourism in the region. The challenges that can be overcome, pertain to:

  • land availability;
  • investor access to finance;
  • taxes on tourism investments;
  • the level of tourism skills;
  • security;
  • safety and crime;
  • public health;
  • international and intra-regional transportation;
  • and an unpredictable business climate.
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    Tourism in Africa