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Top Ten Tourism Destination In Africa

By Niyi Aderibigbe September 27, 2014

Needless to say, Africa has really enjoyed a massive increase in the tourism industry and is still booming. The sector which represents 9 percent of global GDP and one in 11 jobs worldwide has become an important revenue source for several economies in Africa.

As we celebrate this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) on Saturday, with the theme Tourism and Community Development,, Africa’s leading hotel booking platform, has put together the top ten travel destinations in Africa: these countries pulled in the most number of tourists in 2013.


The most visited country is Morocco, which saw about 10 million tourist arrivals in 2013. The beautiful country, located in North Africa has beautiful mountains, deserts, holds both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines inviting its holidaymakers to all kinds of activities ranging from watersports to safari tours. The very diverse culture makes will expose you to amazing architecture, interesting music, and awesome food, among other things

South Africa
Hosting 9.5 million tourists last year, South Africa ranked number two in the most visited countries in Africa. I don’t think I need to tell you how beautiful South Africa is. If you’ve never been you really should make plans to visit. Spend time taking in all the nature and culture the country has to offer, and enjoy several activities along the coastline which stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.


Coming at number 3, Egypt played host to 9.1 Million tourists in the last year. Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world’s most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the ancient temples of Luxor dating back thousands of years. The adventure that is Egypt never ends!


This hidden treasure landed 6.2 million international tourist arrivals. Tunisia is Africa’s northernmost country and the smallest in the Maghreb region of Northern Africa. Tunisia’s main attractions are the beaches, as the country is bordered by the Mediterranean on two sides. But there are also Sahara dunes, mammoth ancient ruins and exotic cities that are home to a sprawling tangle of souks that a tourist would certainly delight in. Tunisia is also pretty rich in Roman and Arab culture, thanks to their history, which is definitely another plus.


Yet another Northern country on the list is Algeria, which welcomed 2.7 million international tourist arrivals in the past year. The tourism industry in Algeria is currently expanding, offers a lot of amazing experiences. You can visit one of its UNESCO inscribed world heritage sites, enjoy museums in the capital, learn about the Spanish rule in Oran, take gorgeous pictures at Kabylia, or visit roman ruins in the northern part of the country.


Unfortunately, UNWTO did not state figures for 2013, but in 2012 our number five pulled in 2.1 million international tourists and we can assume they did much more last year. This South-Eastern country is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, and separated from Madagascar by the Mozambique Channel. A visit to Mozambique is sure to leave you with stunning memories of the gorgeous surroundings, a host of exciting activities, mouth-watering cuisine, heart-warming hospitality, and lush white and beaches that give an air of paradise.


The beautiful southern African country received 1.8 Million travelers in 2013. Zimbabwe holds several tourist attractions and one of the greatest natural wonders of the worlds – the Victoria Falls, which Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist destination


There were no figures for Kenya in 2013, but the 2012 figures according to the UNWTO show Kenya coming in at number 8 with 1.6 Million paying homage to the beautiful country that year. Famous for its classic savanna safaris, Kenya is a country of dramatic extremes and classic contrasts. Deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains; the metropolis of Nairobi and colorful tribal cultures; freshwater lakes and coral reefs. Perhaps no other place on the planet conjures such a spirit of adventure and romance. For first-time visitors, the sheer diversity of things to do is dazzling. Wildlife, of course, is top on the list. Witness throngs of wildebeest thundering across the savanna during the Great Migration in Maasai Mara, come eye-to-eye with an elephant in Amboseli, or marvel at Lake Nakuru flecked with thousands of flamingoes.


Uganda is another African tourist haven. Wondering why it is called ‘The Pearl of Africa’? Where else can you see lions prowling across the open savanna as day breaks before white water rafting down the Nile, then the next day set off into the misty mountains in search of the majestic mountain gorillas before settling in to watch a local cultural evening around the camp fire? The distinctive attraction of Uganda as a tourist destination arises out of the variety of its game stock and its unspoilt scenic beauty. The country hosted 1.2 Million tourists in 2013.


It is Swaziland’s variety of attractions in its small area that is its greatest asset. It is the mixture of beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and rich culture that combine to make this small country such a wonderful place to visit. Swaziland is an exciting country which teems with a huge variety of places to see, from Bushmen (San) paintings, to arts and crafts, from agnificent waterfalls to the famous Swazi Candles. Not to be missed are the Game Parks and the cultural experiences to be found in Swaziland. 1 Million tourists visited this beautiful country in 2012.

The UN World Tourism Outlook and WTO Tourism Code of Ethics

Arctic SkyWith the intention of protecting the earth's natural environment and cultural heritage from the non-stop growth of international tourism, world leaders approved a Global Code of Ethics for Tourism during a summit meeting in Santiago. The code, developed by the World Tourism Organization (WTO), sets out a 10-point blueprint for safeguarding the resources upon which tourism depends and for ensuring that more of the skyrocketing profits from tourism benefit residents of tourism destinations.

"With international tourism forecast to nearly triple in volume in the first 20 years of the next century, we felt that the Code of Ethics was needed to ensure the sustainability of our industry," said WTO Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli.

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The Global Code of Ethics for Tourism includes nine articles outlining the 'rules of the game` for destinations, governments, tour operators, developers, travel agents, workers and travellers themselves. The tenth article involves the redress of grievances through the creation of a World Committee on Tourism Ethics. For example, travellers are required to learn about the customs, health hazards and security risks of countries they are preparing to visit before departure, while destinations and tourism professionals are held responsible for repatriating tourists in the case of the bankruptcy of a travel service provider.

Investors and public authorities are required to carry out environmental impact studies before beginning tourism development projects and to involve local residents. Other articles involve the rights of workers in the tourism industry and the freedom of movement of people across national boundaries. The code was developed after extensive consultation with governments, trade associations, labour unions, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations. It marks the first time that a document of this type will have a mechanism for enforcement, which will be based on conciliation through the World

Committee on Tourism Ethics.
The five-day WTO General Assembly, held in Santiago from September 27 to October 1, attracted some 800 delegates from 110 nations around the world-including 60 ministers or secretaries of state for tourism. Other items on the agenda included a day-long session on Tourism & Cyberspace and the release of a new study published by the WTO Business Council Marketing Tourism Destinations in the Information Age.

"Internet is the perfect medium for public-private cooperation in tourism and it is revolutionizing all aspects of the tourism sector," said Business Council CEO Jose Luis Zoreda. Delegates also endorsed a new system for accurately measuring the economic impact of tourism activity called the Tourism Satellite Account and urged member nations to begin implementing the system as a way of raising awareness about the vital role of tourism in their national economies.

"The meetings surpassed our expectations, both in the quantity of high-level participants and the quality of the topics debated-all of them relevant to preparing our tourism sector for the next millennium," said Cesar Gomez, director of Chile's national tourism service SERNATUR, which hosted the General Assembly. Swaziland and Hong Kong (China) were approved as new members of the organization.

Tourism for peace
In a first of its kind decision, Japan and South Korea agreed to jointly host WTO's next General Assembly in the cities of Osaka and Seoul in 2001-just one year before the two countries are to jointly host the World Cup football championships. "More than anything else we will try to translate the theme of 'peace through tourism' into practice through the joint hosting of the General Assembly," said South Korea's Vice Minister for Tourism and Culture Soon-Kyu Kim, adding that he hoped the international meeting would focus world attention on reunification of the divided Korean peninsula. WTO has received bids from Croatia and Nigeria to host the General Assembly of 2003.

In addition, Germany was chosen to host World Tourism Day festivities on September 27 next year in conjunction with the Universal Expo in Hanover under the theme of Technology and Nature: Two Challenges for Tourism at the Dawn of the 21st Century. Iran will host World Tourism Day celebrations in 2001 with the theme of Tourism: A Tool for Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations in association with UNESCO's declaration of 2001 as the 'Year of Dialogue'.

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