African tourism ministers on Monday called for more cooperation and improved environment for the sector to grow and benefit the continent.
The eight African tourism ministers are in South Africa to attend the Africa Travel Indaba which will kick off on Tuesday in Durban.
The event will be attended by over 6 000 representatives from 80 countries. The event is for the continent to showcase the tourism services and products they can offer.
South Africa’s deputy tourism minister Elizabeth Thabethe said, “African countries have a lot in common and we must support each other in our activities so that we can grow regional tourism.”
The continent’s biggest tourism extravaganza will start on Tuesday and end on Thursday. The event is being attended by delegates from 31 African countries and 22 are exhibiting.
Many African tourism ministers called for the African governments to prioritize tourism to reap maximum benefits from the sector. Ugandan tourism Minister Ephraim Kamuntu added his voice, saying, “A single-visa has supported tourism development in East Africa.
The High Commission in South Africa is working on visa-free travel to Uganda for South Africans.
The Zambian Minister of tourism and arts Charles Banda called for Africans to support and complement each other’s tourism products. There are international buyers attending the Africa Travel Indaba to look for opportunities.
In 2017, over 62 million travelers visited Africa. Enditem