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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 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 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 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 Lesotho 397 414 320 285
22 Togo 300 202 150 74
23  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 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 Botswana 2 145 2 103 2 101
33  Unknown Mozambique 1 718 1 461 1 193
34  Unknown Ghana 931 803 698
35  Unknown Zambia 815 710 812
36  Unknown Rwanda 619 646 621
37  Unknown Cameroon 573 498 487
38  Unknown Burundi 142 212 202
39  Unknown Congo 101 94 62
40  Unknown Central African Republic 54 52 31
41  Unknown Chad 71 70 61
42  Unknown Sao Tome and Principe 8 15 14
43  Unknown Comoros 11 15
44  Unknown Djibouti 53
45  Unknown Libya 34
46  Blank Equatorial Guinea
47  Blank Gabon
48  Blank Guinea
49  Blank Guinea-Bissau
50  Blank Ivory Coast
51  Blank Liberia
52  Blank Mauritania
53  Blank Somalia
54  Blank South Sudan

Source: World Bank

 

One comment

  1. 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.

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