Investing in Tourism in Africa Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of tourism in Africa that includes advice to a potential investor in African travel and tourism.
# 146596 | 2,616 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 04, 2011 in Tourism (General)

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The paper provides an overview of tourism in Africa and the political, economic, and social risks that are linked to tourist perception of Africa as a destination. The paper looks at a report on determinants of tourist arrivals in Africa and reaches the conclusion that the immediate investor in travel and tourism in Africa would do best to concentrate on the tourism industry from countries that are located close to Africa and with whom Africa shares many of the same political, economic and social risks.

Overview of Africa Tourism
Risks Examined
Determinants of Tourist Arrivals in Africa: A Report

From the Paper:

"Christie and Crompton (2001) report that the tourism sector presently is a contributor to the GDP and exports in more than 50% of African countries" and that this support is one that is growing in fact the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) report a generation of "US$39.8 billion of economic activity in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2003" (Naude and Saayman, 2004) However, in 2002 Africa's contribute were less than 4% of international tourists and total tourism receipts of US$11.7 billion" which equals only 3.7 arrivals for each 100 individuals comparing to the world average of 11 with Europe accounting for 44 per 100 individuals. Naude and Saayman report that only "13 of the 315 world's leading hotels are located in Africa. The following table lists tourist arrivals in Africa (in millions) for the years 1990, 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2002, along with the share for each region of the world listed in the table."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Durreheim, D.N. and Leggat. P.A. (1999) Risks to Tourists Posed by Wild Mammals in South Africa. Journal of Travel Medicine. 1999, Vol. 6, No. 3. Abstract online available at:
  • South African Tourism Report (2009) Business Monitor International. Executive Summary. Online available at:
  • Crouch, G.I. (1995). A Meta-analysis of tourism demand, Annals of tourism research, 22(1):103-118.
  • Christie I.T. & Crompton, D.E. (2001). "Tourism in Africa", Africa Region Working PaperSeries no. 12, The World Bank, Washington DC.
  • Naude, W.A. and Saayman, A. (2004) The Determinants of Tourist Arrivals in Africa: A Panel Data Regression Analysis. South Africa. Paper prepared for the International Conference, Centre for the Study of African Economies, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, 21 - 22 March2004

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