Africa's tourism industry ready for recovery? | Dailyrater debate
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on Africa's growing travel and tourism sectors.
From a rise in international arrivals in 2019, and being the world’s second-fastest-growing tourism industry, the continent now faces an uncertain future.
Travel and tourism contribute over €150 billion to Africa's economy combined, representing 7.1% of GDP and supporting millions of jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The situation is critical, travel & tourism comprises 80% of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Now, as the world slowly begins to move again, how can Africa get back on track to growth? How are African countries adapting to the 'new normal?' What can travellers expect? What are the challenges in restoring connectivity? And how important is Africa's recovery to the global travel and tourism market?
We'll be putting these questions to the experts in a special Dailyrater-hosted virtual debate, "Africa-Europe tourism: Ready for recovery?" on Tuesday, July 28 at 15:00 CEST.
Hosted by Dailyrater' world affairs reporter Damon Embling, our guests will be Sisa Ntshona, member of the National Tourism Board and CEO of South African Tourism; Elcia Grandcourt, director of the Regional Department for Africa; and Tim Cordon, Senior Vice President of Radisson Hotel Group’s Area in the Middle East & Africa.
We'll also be putting some of your questions to our panel.