Tourism is one of the biggest income earners for Africa because of its beautiful and unique sites, friendly population and eclectic culture.
However, some countries receive more tourists than others because of various reasons including diversity of tourism spots, tourist packages, as well as political and economic stability.
The recently released African statistical yearbook by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) highlights the number of tourists that visited each African countries in 2017. According to AfDB:
Data on Tourism have been primarily collected from National sources, and where national sources are not available, from the online databases UNWTO and Tourism Decision Metrics of Tourism Economics.
Here are the four countries with the highest number of tourists in 2017:
Morocco leads Africa again as the country with the highest tourist arrivals in 2017. According to the report, 11 million tourists visited the country. Some of the popular sites for tourists in Morocco include:
South Africa comes in second with 10 million tourists arriving in the country in 2017. The country offers not only wildlife but also scenic sites such as the table mountains and historical gems such as Robben Island.
Here are some of the popular sites.
Kruger National Park
Egypt comes in at third with eight million tourists. From the pyramids to the oases and temples in the region, tourists have some great sites to see:
Hurghada Red sea tours
Egypt National Museum
Tunisia had 5.7million tourists in 2017. Some of the sites to see include:
El Jem Amphitheatre