Tourism forecast for 2010

HARARE - Continued growth in African tourism this year will be credited to the soccer World Cup in South Africa, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisations (UNTWO).

African tourism was, in the last quarter of 2009, among the best performers recording a growth rate of over 5 per cent. “Against the backdrop of both the upturn in international tourism figures and overall economic indicators in recent months, UNWTO forecasts a growth in international tourist arrivals of between 3 percent and 4 percent in 2010 for Africa,” UNWTO said.

The organisation said by region, Asia is expected to continue showing the strongest rebound, while Europe and the Americas are likely to recover at a more moderate pace, and growth is expected to return to the Middle East.

“These improved prospects are confirmed by the encouraging steep rise in the UNWTO Panel of Experts’ Confidence Index for 2010, despite persistent uncertainties regarding the global economy and the operating environment for tourism,” UNWTO said.

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