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Economic Development in Africa Report 2017

Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth

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Tourism - in terms of its contribution to GDP, employment and trade - is a critical sector for many African economies, and its growth is increasingly driven by tourists originating from the continent itself. However, most African countries still face significant challenges and constraints in exploiting the potential of tourism services in trade and economic development. The Economic Development in Africa Report 2017, subtitled Tourism for trans-formative and inclusive growth: Re-thinking the policy agenda examines the role that tourism can play in Africa's development process. It aims to identify key barriers and impediments to unlocking the potential of tourism in Africa to help structurally transform the continent's economy and provides policy recommendations on how these barriers and impediments could be addressed. It argues that tourism can be an engine for inclusive growth and that it can complement development strategies aimed at fostering economic diversification and structural transformation within an appropriate policy context.

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The tourism sector in Africa: Stylized facts

This chapter outlines stylized facts about the tourism sector in Africa in terms of the revenues and jobs the sector generates and its contribution to GDP, trade and employment. The chapter also explores whether tourism earnings are more or less stable than other external flows as stability is an important determinant for economic planning. The chapter then discusses the role of tourism in national development plans and the ambitions Governments have for the sector. The definition and classification of tourism data in economic analysis are first summarized to clarify how key tourism concepts are used in this report.

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