So why should this challenge determine who we are? This is indeed lacking in Africa. The Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom says one of the challenges faced by the tourism industry is the the lack of funding to the emerging businesses. Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. CHALLENGES FACING THE TOURISM INDUSTRY 2. Tuesday 3 November 2020 . Although, there are worries that the security threats this poses outweighs the benefits that we as a continent will accrue from lifting all visa restrictions. Improvements in transport and communication e.g. To the continent of Africa! The negative image resulting from this event undermined tourism in the … We have challenges as a country, no doubt – as do developed countries – but we are not our challenges. But then again, which country doesn’t suffer from terrorism whether on a large or small scale? Responsibility. Tourism has been recognised as a key driver of employment and economic growth in South Africa. Religious tourism is another untapped market. While all the speakers and panelists touched on many pertinent issues on how to advance the course of tourism in Africa, I found very intriguing a presentation by the deputy minister of tourism for Zimbabwe, Anastacia Ndlovu. Challenges Facing the Growth of Tourism in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP per capita (at constant 2005 prices) was $1,036.10 in 2014. At local level, poor service levels ad negative perceptions towards tourism form a deterrent to … Poverty. She provided some insights on the growth and opportunities that tourism can facilitate in the continent. Six years after the independence of Ghana from the United Kingdom (6th March … Of course, the objective is to achieve what the European Union passport has made possible. Even I only had the opportunity to attend because the managing director of Jumia Travel, Kushal Dutta was invited as a panelist to discuss “The Internet and the Future of Travel in Africa.” So I had to tag along! I was privileged to attend the 12 th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. 394. A tourist who was well treated and accommodated will go back to friends and family to recommend your country as a good destination to visit. The tourism industry has been massively affected by the spread of coronavirus, as many countries have introduced travel restrictions in an attempt to contain its spread. This poses a huge threat to the survival and eventual sustainability of the sector. In this paper, drawing upon literature and previous research experiences of the authors, an overview on the state of tourism in the East African Community is presented with the aim to assess the main … Tourism Challenges and the Opportunities for Sustainability: A Case Study of Grenada, Barbados, and Tobago Helen M. Bhola-Paul St. George’s University, Grenada Tourists travel to the islands of Grenada, Barbados, and Tobago to bask in the sun of these islands’ pristine beaches. For instance, Uganda has been able to grow its tourism sector on one thing that a lot of tourists love to see: gorillas. The Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) in 1965 led to the imposition of sanctions in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Challenges facing the tourism industry 1. Although, there are worries that the security threats this poses outweighs the benefits that we as a continent will accrue from lifting all visa restrictions. PDF | On Jan 1, 2003, Peter U. C. DIEKE published Developing Tourism in Africa: Issues for Policy Consideration | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate Intervention. There were six major challenges which the deputy minister harped on as the reasons for de-growth in the sector, although she mentioned that Zimbabwe isn’t exempted from the burden of these challenges. We have challenges as a country, no doubt – as do developed countries – but we are not our challenges. From Africa to the world!!! We need an urgent clinical repair of these bad representations. The government and other stakeholders need to promote the sector by paying attention to the said challenges. Such tourism product/package is what many countries in Africa need to market to the world. Better roads are being constructed leading to the tourist attractions. The policy environments are also top ranking considering the low cost required to start a business, and a much flexible visa policy. They are closely followed by Spain, United Kingdom, USA, France, Canada, Sweden, and Singapore. Abu Dhabi. South African tourism industry deems important; (ii) construct a matrix for assessing the various risks identified and (iii) determine whether sectors of the industry rate the importance of risks differently. 0. The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on Sunday October 31 through Tuesday November 1 2016. According to Skift, international tourist arrivals have nearly doubled since 2000; there were 1.2 billion tourists crossing borders for pleasure in 2016 versus 674 million in 2000. These things shape the way people see us and our countries. Responsibility. We need to develop tourism products that are marketable. Poor Treasury Support to Tourism. Imagine how many more we will record if we can bring in more airlines to convey many more tourists to various destinations. CHALLENGES FACING TOURISM IN EAST AFRICA. November 3, 2016 0. This poses a huge threat to the survival and eventual sustainability of the sector. This is indeed lacking in Africa. Countries like Switzerland, Germany, and Austria lead the world in terms of their travel and tourism industry competitiveness. It has become our collective responsibility to treat people who come to our country like they are part of us. Of course, the objective is to achieve what the European Union passport has made possible. However, more needs to be done. We need to overhaul the entire air transport system within Africa, and engender more airlines to fly within Africa. Commendably, Uganda has packaged its tourism around gorilla sight-seeing, and a lot of tourists visit every year just to see these apes. In addition, there are over 5,000 chimpanzees found in Uganda. To the continent of Africa! For Africa’s infrastructure to develop, we need to protect our natural and cultural resources, fix our air transport system (90% of tourists travel by air), improve the quality of roads and ports, and fix electricity issues as it applies to each country. Challenge #1: Africa’s current economic growth rate is far too low. A lot of tourists, for instance, stayed away from visiting Nigeria in the last 3 years because of the fear of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Absence of Strategically-Integrated Product Development and Marketing. These things shape the way people see us and our countries. Globalizationis leading the creation of uniform standards and protocols. Other challenges affecting the potential for tourism to flourish include political stability and governance, infrastructure development, service standards, and human capacity just to name a few. 31°c. Challenges. Imagine how many more we will record if we can bring in more airlines to convey many more tourists to various destinations. By BrandCrunchNG. In total, there were 212 responses to the questionnaire in the survey on South African tourism businesses. At the 1.4% growth rate estimated for 2015, it would take Africa 50 years to double GDP per capita. Hanekom says although the number of people travelling are increasing in the country, economic backlog and marketing remain the main challenge for emerging businesses in the industry. By Adedapo Adesanya The federal government. The country has the largest mountain gorilla population in the world – 54% (over 400 of them). By Olukayode Kolawole - November 4, 2016 - in Viewpoint. The challenges facing growth of tourism in Africa. This paper examines the main challenges which confronted Zimbabwe’s tourism sector between 1960 and 2000. Novelty is a much-needed element in to… This poses a huge threat to the survival and eventual sustainability of the sector. The country has the largest mountain gorilla population in the world – 54% (over 400 of them). I was privileged to attend the 12 th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. They are closely followed by Spain, United Kingdom, USA, France, Canada, Sweden, and Singapore. In South Africa tourism in local municipalities continues to be faced with a number of challenges globally, nationally and at local level (S A Tourism Planning, 2009). Poor Intra-African Air ConnectivityThere are very few flights connecting major cities in Africa. It therefore becomes the responsibility of each country’s government to ensure there’s adequate supply of security, and if possible putting in place strict measures to gate keep criminals from perpetrating their evil acts. These people do not come into the country only for a religious programme; they interact with people, discover new places, and go sight-seeing. There are thousands of hotel rooms per capita in these countries by international standard. It has become one of our fastest growing export sectors – eighth fastest among exports. Share: I was privileged to attend the 12th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. Remember, we need word of mouth marketing to promote our tourist destinations more than we need advertising. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable tourism development The European Commission's actions to enhance sustainable tourism UN Expert Group meeting on Sustainable Tourism 29-30 October 2013, New York Ilona LELONEK HUSTING European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry Tourism Policy Unit . While all the speakers and panelists touched on many pertinent issues on how to advance the course of tourism in Africa, I found very intriguing a presentation by the deputy minister of tourism for Zimbabwe, Anastacia Ndlovu. I was privileged to attend the 12th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. Poor Treasury Support to Tourism In most African countries, it is sad that the tourism sector gets the lowest budget even in countries where tourism is their mainstay. 2173. Tuesday Nov 03, 2020. In response to the global issue, cities like Venice and Dubrovnik are cutting back on the number of cruise ships that can dock , while Iceland and the National Park Service are considering ways to increase costs for tourists . Security of Funding: significant investment is required from the private and public sector for facilities, major infrastructure development and modernizing and upgrading existing facilities. This is according to trends shared during Wesgro's annual Global Economic Opportunities for the Cape 2018/19 event, held on Tuesday, 20 March ahead of the start of the new financial year in April. And not many of the very few are good enough, or at least meet international standards. 1. The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on Sunday October 31st through Tuesday November 1st 2016. It was effortlessly transparent from the data she presented that the advancement of travel and tourism for a country like Nigeria might seem improbable if the government doesn’t embrace its potentials and invests enormously to reap untold economic rewards. If we can cut out visa requirement as we have in some countries, it will engender the growth of tourism as more people will be entitled to free movement within the continent. Lack of capital.This is normally a big challenge because any individual or organization that wants to invest in this industry must have capital in terms of money as well as other resources such as land and labour. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour. These opportunities are undoubtedly very promising, if properly harnessed; and are the impetuses urgently required to compliment trade and commerce for a better economic development of each country. So why should this challenge determine who we are? My attendance was indeed a worthwhile investment as it exposed me to a cocktail of different issues stalling the growth of the industry as well as practical recommendations that are believed to be the fertilizer African tourism needs to germinate. I saw sheer enthusiasm on the faces of these representatives as they went about selling their countries as the best tourist destination. Other challenges facing the region include the image portrayed by the media which creates a negative perception of the region, and the perception resulting that the region is malaria endemic. The sector also faces a number of challenges which include among others, revenue leakage, environmental destruction, poor infrastructure, poor research, lack of proper statistics and cultural destruction. Government at all levels should invest adequate funds to boost its economic viability which has the potential to contribute up to 25% to each country’s GDP. Poor Treasury Support to TourismIn most African countries, it is sad that the tourism sector gets the lowest budget even in countries where tourism is their mainstay. It has become our collective responsibility to treat people who come to our country like they are part of us. It has the youngest amongst all the continents and hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. Such tourism product/package is what many countries in Africa need to market to the world. Even I only had the opportunity to attend because the managing director of Jumia Travel, Kushal Dutta was invited as a panellist to discuss “The Internet and the Future of Travel in Africa.” So I had to tag along! 0. Africa's tourism industry has been hard hit by coronavirus lockdowns. The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on Sunday October … The challenges facing the growth of tourism in Africa November 4, 2016 editor By Olukayode Kolawole. For me, the icing on the cake was the convergence of key stakeholders from across the continent, and lots of representatives from almost all the African countries talking to people on the many opportunities for tourists in their countries. 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We need an urgent clinical repair of these bad representations. 4 hours ago, Any attempt by uniformed vigilantes to foment trouble here w... Underdeveloped Tourism InfrastructureCountries like Switzerland, Germany, and Austria lead the world in terms of their travel and tourism industry competitiveness. Overnight, hotel bookings were canceled, safaris postponed and cultural tours abandoned. A tourist who was well treated and accommodated will go back to friends and family to recommend your country as a good destination to visit. During these religious programmes, a lot of hotels cash in what they would make in six months in just one week, transporters increase their earnings too, so do airlines. The policy environments are also top ranking considering the low cost required to start a business, and a much flexible visa policy. It was effortlessly transparent from the data she presented that the advancement of travel and tourism for a country like Nigeria might seem improbable if the government doesn’t embrace its potentials and invests enormously to reap untold economic rewards. The travel industry, therefore, works towards offering products that allow the average tourist or traveler to experience something they have never experienced before. By Dipo Olowookere Passengers seeking to. Government at all levels should invest adequate funds to boost its economic viability which has the potential to contribute up to 25% to each country’s GDP. Solutions to problems facing the tourism industry 1. Absence of Strategically-Integrated Product Development and Marketing. However, more needs to be done. Visa RestrictionsThe effort of the African Union (AU) in developing a pan-African passport which allows all Africans to travel freely within Africa without a visa is highly commendable. There are very few flights connecting major cities in Africa and not many of the very few are good enough, or at least meet international standards. Our image as a continent has been marred with poverty, strife, hunger, war, starvation, diseases and so many. In addition, there are over 5,000 chimpanzees found in Uganda. For me, the icing on the cake was the convergence of key stakeholders from across the continent, and lots of representatives from almost all the African countries talking to people on the many opportunities for tourists in their countries. There were six major challenges which the deputy minister harped on as the reasons for de-growth in the sector, although she mentioned that Zimbabwe isn’t exempted from the burden of these challenges. The country is also home to the world’s largest number of monkeys, baboons, apes, rare colobus, nocturnal Bush babies and Pottos found in pristine eco-environment. 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The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos on Sunday October 31st through Tuesday November 1st 2016. For Africa’s infrastructure to develop, we need to protect our natural and cultural resources, fix our air transport system (90% of tourists travel by air), improve the quality of roads and ports, and fix electricity issues as it applies to each country. Commendably, Uganda has packaged its tourism around gorilla sight-seeing, and a lot of tourists visit every year just to see these apes. Challenges Facing the Growth of Tourism in Africa. November 5, 2016. These people do not come into the country only for a religious programme; they interact with people, discover new places, and go sight-seeing. But then again, which country doesn’t suffer from terrorism whether on a large or small scale? The second challenge is the lack of adequate supportive physical and institutional infrastructure to promote tourism in the region. In Uganda the Kampala- Kasese road leading to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The number of tourists visiting Africa every year runs into millions. We need to develop tourism products that are marketable. This wasn’t an all-comers event. From Africa to the world!!! In most African countries, it is sad that the tourism sector gets the lowest budget even in countries where tourism is their mainstay. This development set the stage for a long period of international isolation at regional and global levels. I saw sheer enthusiasm on the faces of these representatives as they went about selling their countries as the best tourist destination. KENYA Treatment of Tourist Service Vehicles registered in EA partner state All of these features made the continent face the hardest challenges in the world. The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos … The perception of Africa being a country and not a continent has to change. My attendance… Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. According to Stats SA’s 2016 report, the tourism industry directly contributed 2.9% to South Africa’s GDP, creating 40,000 net new job between 2012 and 2016, employing more than utilities and mining combined, with one in 23 people employed in South Africa working directly in tourism. There are thousands of hotel rooms per capita in these countries by international standard. 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This poses a huge threat to the survival and eventual sustainability of the sector. For instance, Uganda has been able to grow its tourism sector on one thing that a lot of tourists love to see: gorillas. The perception of Africa being a country and not a continent has to change. By Modupe Gbadeyanka A multi-risk travel. By Olukayode Kolawole. I was privileged to attend the 12th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. Olukayode Kolawole is the Head of PR & Marketing at Jumia Travel NG. We observed another Africa Month in May with continent-wide celebrations on the 25th of May – Africa Day, which has a very important symbolic meaning. To the great people of Africa!! The government should give tourism funds and also security so as not to lose lives of tourists and tour guides, Mahama promises to regulate ‘Goro Boys’ at DVLA Brand AfricaOur image as a continent has been marred with poverty, strife, hunger, war, starvation, diseases and so many. Government at all levels should invest adequate funds to boost its economic viability which has the potential to contribute up to 25% to each country’s GDP. To the great people of Africa!! The event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos … The following are some of the challenges that face the tourist industry in Kenya. All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. By Adedapo Adesanya Airline operators and. However, the unique selling point (USP) of travel companies or destination marketing organizations (DMOs) lies in providing a rare and unique experience. UAE. I was privileged to attend the 12th edition of the African Travel & Tourism Conference (Akwaaba): a gathering of travel and tourism experts in Africa – both from private establishments and various government parastatals. Challenges. By Modupe Gbadeyanka The federal government. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the tourism industry due to the resulting travel restrictions as well as slump in demand among travelers. We need to overhaul the entire air transport system within Africa, and engender more airlines to fly within Africa. Tourism leaders yesterday highlighted the challenges and opportunities that the Middle East and North Africa are facing during a time of upheaval in the region. While all the speakers and panellists touched on many pertinent issues on how to advance the course of tourism in Africa, I found very intriguing a presentation by the deputy minister of tourism for Zimbabwe, Anastacia Ndlovu. 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