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Covid-19 has cost the African tourism industry billions of dollars

By Alain Faujas
Posted on Monday, 5 July 2021 19:16

Seasonal fog disapates over the city beneath Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, 12 June 2021. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Tunisia, Mauritius, Morocco... For African tourism, the loss of earnings as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic could reach $250bn in 2021. Estimating the losses in the sector, a report by the United Nations predicts that there will only be some kind of a return to normal in 2023.

It will take some time for tourism to recover in Africa. This is the conclusion of a report published on 30 June by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Based on statistics from the World Tourism Organisation, it assessed the past damage and predicted the future damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its conclusions? In 2021, the decline in international tourist arrivals will result in a loss of earnings for the continent estimated at between $170bn-$253bn, depending on the scenario.