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TRAVEL & TOURISM ECONOMIC IMPACT 2018
AFRICA – KEY FACTS!

GDP: DIRECT CONTRIBUTION

The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was USD72.8bn (3.3% of total GDP) in 2017, and is forecast
to rise by 4.0% in 2018, and to rise by 4.1% pa, from 2018-2028, to USD113.2bn (3.3% of total GDP) in 2028.

GDP: TOTAL CONTRIBUTION

The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was USD177.6bn (8.1% of GDP) in 2017, and is forecast to
rise by 3.7% in 2018, and to rise by 4.2% pa to USD278.2bn (8.1% of GDP) in 2028.

EMPLOYMENT: DIRECT CONTRIBUTION

In 2017 Travel & Tourism directly supported 9,297,000 jobs (2.6% of total employment). This is expected to rise
by 3.2% in 2018 and rise by 2.7% pa to 12,519,000 jobs (2.6% of total employment) in 2028.

EMPLOYMENT: TOTAL CONTRIBUTION

In 2017, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the industry, was 6.5% of total employment (22,771,000 jobs). This is expected to rise by 3.1% in
2018 to 23,482,000 jobs and rise by 2.7% pa to 30,769,000 jobs in 2028 (6.4% of total).

VISITOR EXPORTS
Visitor exports generated USD48.7bn (9.7% of total exports) in 2017. This is forecast to grow by 4.1% in 2018,
and grow by 4.5% pa, from 2018-2028, to USD78.5bn in 2028 (8.9% of total).

INVESTMENT
Travel & Tourism investment in 2017 was USD28.2bn, or 5.7% of total investment. It should rise by 2.6% in 2018,
and rise by 4.6% pa over the next ten years to USD45.5bn in 2028 (6.2% of total). 2028

See reports: https://sp.wttc.org/-/media/files/reports/economic-impact-research/regions-2018/africa2018.pdf

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