African governments have been urged to develop comprehensive master plans to fully unleash the potentials of the tourism sector.
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, African Development Bank Acting Chief Economist reckons that lack of proper policies aimed at generating tourist interest is a major reason why Africa’s tourism remains largely untapped.
“Sights of historical and tourist interest are not well developed whil countries that lack coastlines have limited their tourist attractions to ‘animal watching’, with little or no socio-cultural, political and historical input,” he observed.
For this reason, Africa is yet to fully benefit from what its culture, history, gastronomy and vast terrain and landscapes can offer both foreign and domestic tourists.
Statistics indicate that Africa received some 65 million tourists in 2013 and billions of dollars were injected in the economy. Tourist flows are projected to double in the next 15 years.
According to Kayizzi-Mugerwa, well-functioning tourist sectors have the capacity to energize economies, including rural sectors, and help to modernize manufacturing and service industries.
African Development Bank