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Africa’s Tourism Arrivals

International tourism arrival figures are a hotly debated issue but Tourism Tattler thought it would be interesting to take a look at arrival figures for the continent of Africa and rank them.

Movement indicates the comparison between 2011 to 2010 – figures are in ‘000’s.

RANK MOVEMENT COUNTRY 2011 2010 2009 2008
1  Down  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Down Egypt 9 497 14 051 11 914 12 296
2 Morocco 9 342 9 288 8 341 7 879
3 South Africa 8 339 8 074 7 012 9 592
4  Down  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Down Tunisia 4 785 6 903 6 901 7 050
5 Zimbabwe 2 423 2 239 2 017 1 956
6 Algeria 2 395 2 070 1 912 1 772
7 Congo, Democratic Republic of 2 192 2 100 1 923 2 089
8 Kenya 1 700 1 470 1 392 1 141
9 Uganda 1 151 946 807 844
10 Senegal 1 001 900 810 867
11 Namibia 1 000 984 980 931
12 Mauritius 965 935 871 930
13 Swaziland 879 868 908 754
14 Tanzania 795 754 695 750
15 Malawi 767 746 755 742
16  Down  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Down Nigeria 715 1 555 1 414 1 313
17 Sudan 536 495 420 440
18 Ethiopia 523 468 427 383
19 Angola 481 425 366 294
20 Cape Verde 428 336 287 285
21  Down  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Down Lesotho 397 414 320 285
22 Togo 300 202 150 74
23  Down  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Down Burkina Faso 238 274 269 272
24 Madagascar 225 196 163 375
25 Benin 209 199 190 188
26 Seychelles 194 175 158 159
27  Down  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Down Mali 160 169 160 190
28 Eritrea 107 84 79 70
29 Gambia 106 91 142 147
30 Niger 82 74 66 73
31 Sierra Leone 52 39 37 36
32  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Botswana 2 145 2 103 2 101
33  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Mozambique 1 718 1 461 1 193
34  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Ghana 931 803 698
35  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Zambia 815 710 812
36  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Rwanda 619 646 621
37  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Cameroon 573 498 487
38  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Burundi 142 212 202
39  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Congo 101 94 62
40  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Central African Republic 54 52 31
41  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Chad 71 70 61
42  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Sao Tome and Principe 8 15 14
43  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Comoros 11 15
44  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Djibouti 53
45  Unknown  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Unknown Libya 34
46  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Equatorial Guinea
47  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Gabon
48  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Guinea
49  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Guinea-Bissau
50  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Ivory Coast
51  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Liberia
52  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Mauritania
53  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank Somalia
54  Blank  Africa's Tourism Arrivals Blank South Sudan

Source: World Bank

 

  • I feel I must respond to your piece on tourism stats. Putting Zimbabwe at No 5 in Africa’s International Tourism arrivals above say Kenya and Tanzania, is highly miss-leading and bears no truth to reality,indeed for Zimbabwe, 2.4 million international tourists is “cloud cuckoo land”. For example if you take Victoria Falls as one of, perhaps the top destination in that country, and base calculations on occupancy in hotels that we know scientifically from actual room nights sold, plus average length of stay, and average occupants per room, Vic Falls sees about 200,000 international tourists per annum. The rest of country is guess work but even including VFR traffic, Visiting Friends and Relations (are they still a tourists? Not really but add them in anyway) I would still not expect the total international arrivals to exceed 1 million maximum.
    This industry must get away from arrival stats which are largely irrelevant. They are exaggerated and groomed to boost brand image. The figure that is relevant is how much revenue does tourism bring to a country’s exchequer both directly and indirectly. Tourism contributes roughly 3.5% to Sub Saharan Africa’s GDP and one in every twenty jobs in the region. These are figures worth discussing, let’s bin arrival stats for good.