DURBAN, Travel and tourism is the fastest growing sector in the world, out-performing other sectors of the global economy and already already contributes about 8.0 per cent to Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 6.5 per cent of the continent's workforce, says South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.
Addressing the 2018 Africa's Travel Indaba currently underway in Durban, he said Wednesday that Africa is open for business and offers a world of opportunity. A record 62 million people visited Africa in 2017, representing nothing less than 8,0 per cent year on year growth," he said.
"This is why we were able to offer 62 million visitors the opportunity to discover the soul of the real Africa, not the false picture sometimes portrayed on news bulletins.
In Africa, we know how to welcome visitors with warmth and with our own unique flair, and we know how to host them professionally in our own way. We can guarantee a life-changing experience."
He said Africa had unique attractions to share and stories to tell, stories of common origins and of early African civilizations.
We have experiences to offer of sacred sites, of natural wonders, beautiful landscapes, spectacular mountains, wide open deserts, exquisite coastlines of heritage and culture of music and dance and astonishing artistic creativity," he said.
Together with much visited sites like Mozambique's Ibo Island and the Slave Market in Stonetown, Zanzibar, these places portray the triumph of the human spirit, and, in the same way as Auschwitz, serve to renew our commitment to never allow the atrocities of history to be repeated." �
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK