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Africa's tourism gears up for comeback [Interview]


<p>At the beginning of 2020, Africa, the world’s second fastest growing tourism industry, was projected to rake in billions of dollars.</p> <p>However, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought travel and tourism to a near-standstill. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation estimates that the pandemic will cost up to 2 million direct and indirect jobs in tourism on the continent. </p> <p>Many countries are reporting a steep loss in overall revenue with most relying heavily on international travelers. </p> <p>Tanzania was the first country to reopen its boarders to tourists and international travel followed by the Seychelles Island, Tunisia, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Rwanda, Liberia and Zambia. </p> <p>Popular destinations like South Africa have opted to push back their reopening date to early 2021 as the government has gradually started to open back up.</p> <p>As more and more African countries open their borders, the World Tourism Organization (<span class="caps">UNWTO</span>) led Global Tourism Crisis Committee has drawn up guidelines to restart tourism.</p> <p>In this interview, Nyasha K Mutizwa discusses these guidelines and the new normal for travel on the continent with Elcia Grandcourt, the <span class="caps">UNWTO</span> Regional Director for Africa.</p> <a href="https://twitter.com/NyashaKMutizwa" class="twitter-follow-button" data-show-count="false">@NyashaKMutizwa</a><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script

In terms of Tourism development I think it's a golden opportunity to relook at the product offering and diversify obviously. Domestic and intra-regional travel will remain very strong. This is where most countries are now putting their efforts...