This year’s World Tourism Day celebrated on September 27th highlighted among other milestones the remarkable growth in tourist numbers and the new targets north of one billion global arrivals. The hashtag #1billiontourists #WTD2015 was adopted to raise awareness on the impact of tourism and its exponential force to create a better world for everyone. Among others, here is a number of reasons and lessons gathered by Jovago.com on the socio-economic impact of tourism in Africa.
Alleviation of poverty
Tourism accounted for 1 in every 11 jobs in the global economy 2014. The sector provides direct employment through posts such as tour guiding, hotel keeping, transport etc. Indirect income is acquired through various complimentary channels such as food production, agriculture, craft industry and other forms of retailing markets. In community projects, visitor expenditure is also used to raise the standards of living through construction of amenities such as boreholes, health centers and even recreational facilities.
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Cultural integration and co-existences
Tourism brings together people from different backgrounds joined by a common purpose; a new experience. This attitude gives all involved a sense of belonging beyond race, religious …read more
Read more here:: Five Lessons to Keep from World Tourism Day 2015