According to the World Travel and Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR), the African Travel and Tourism sector’s GDP is estimated to grow at an average rate of 6.8 percent annually between 2022 and 2032, creating 14 million new jobs.
In countries like Kenya, the tourism sector has been among those that generate foreign revenue for the government. The sector is so important that it supports millions of jobs down the value chain especially in the hotel and travel industry.
Egypt was the most visited country in Africa in 2022 with 17 million tourists visiting the country followed by Morocco with 10.9 million tourists. Tunisia was third with 6.437 million tourists while South Africa was fourth with 5.7 million tourists.
Kenya and Tanzania had 1.48 and 1.45 million tourists respectively during the year under review while Rwanda and Mauritius had one million tourists each. Zimbabwe had 895,338 tourists in 2022.
- Egypt – 17 million
- Morocco – 10.9 million
- Tunisia – 6.437 million
- South Africa – 5.7 million
- Kenya – 1.48 million
- Tanzania – 1.45 milion
- Rwanda – 1 million
- Mauritius – 1 million
- Zimbwabe – 895,338
Main tourist attractions in Africa include wildlife. In countries like Kenya, visitors come to see all the big five that are also found in Tanzania. The beautiful beaches, nice hotels, and sunny weather are some of the reasons visitors come.