“Tourism is key to African growth if it is nurtured”

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About 8.5 per cent of Africa’s economy comes from tourism and the figure is set to grow, according to Junior Davis from the UN trade agency UNCTAD, pictured in the SDG Studio Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Luca Solari

Tourism in Africa can reduce poverty but the industry needs help to resist challenges from conflict, climate change and health emergencies, the UN said on Wednesday.

In a new report from UN trade agency UNCTAD, latest data indicates that the sector accounts for one in 14 jobs on the continent – with women and young adults playing a key role.

International tourist numbers have also more than doubled in the last 20 years, to 56 million, while Africans themselves are driving demand more and more, as UNCTAD economist Junior Davis explains to Daniel Johnson.

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