ABN – The World Tourism Organisation has forecast African tourism to grow to 134 million by 2030.
This is a 106% increase from the 65 million recorded visitors to Africa in 2013.
The top five countries visited in 2013 were Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe.
Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, Director of the Statistics Department at the African Development Bank, said: "Tourism, as one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic sectors, has tremendous potential to boost inclusive economic growth across the continent and reduce poverty.
"The tourism sector has a vital role to play, opening up lesser developed rural areas, creating job opportunities, and engaging local communities to enlist their participation."
Africa’s tourism industry currently employs around 8.2 million people, 5.3% of the North African workforce and 2.4% of the Sub-Saharan workforce.