It is perfectly clear why countries around the world are ever anxious to develop their tourism sectors. Visitors bring in valuable foreign currencies and the resultant job creation within that sector can provide an important boost to struggling economies, providing valuable cross overs to adjacent economic segments such as transportation or construction, as well as providing a magnet for direct foreign investment.
So, although tourism remains somewhat low key throughout much of northern Africa, with the exception of
According to recent figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the North African Travel & Tourism economy is ranked twelfth in absolute size worldwide, but second in its relative contribution to its local economies. It is also second in the world in its spurt for long term (10 year) growth.
The contribution of travel and tourism to regional GDP is expected to rise from 13.3 per cent ($62.1 billion) in 2008 to 14.6 per cent ($107.8 billion) by 2018, with real GDP growth for travel and tourism expected to be 6.3 per cent in 2008 and to average 5.7 per cent per year over the coming decade.
In employment terms, its contribution is expected to rise from 5.8 million jobs in 2008, (1 in every 7.8 jobs) to 7.9 million jobs, or one in every 7.3 jobs by 2018, whilst export earnings from international visitors and tourism goods are expected to generate 16.6 per cent of total exports ($38.4 billion) in 2008, growing to $62.3 billion cent in 2018.
Not all the countries have tackled this phenomenon in the same way.
More recently, oil producers
By any measure, the countries of the
Yet, despite this abundance, Maghrebi tourism has been stymied by internal instability.
But things are changing. There are now a number of important factors supporting investment in northern
It has been a bumpy ride; but by anyone’s reckoning the next decade should see northern
This is definitely an area that is destined to make a dramatic impact on tourism world wide for many years to come.
By Brian Salter
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
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