The African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have jointly called for African countries to strengthen their economic integration. They made this call at the recent launch of the Africa Regional Integration Index 2019 (ARII 2019). This is the second such index to be produced, the first being ARII 2016. 

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In a report commissioned by the African Development Bank, and the African Union Commission, released to reporters in Johannesburg, South Africa, on November 11, 2019, showed that
African countries are significantly putting-up measures to facilitate intra-Africa travel for investors, tourists and students.

The annual report is called, the Africa Visa Openess Index, and this year 2019 is the forth editio. It shows that 47 countries improved or maintained their visa openness scores in 2019. The Report clearly stated that, for the first time, on average, Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival; Ethiopia moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa.

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By 2030 consumer spending on tourism, hospitality, and recreation in Africa is projected to reach nearly $261.77 billion per year—this represents a near 53 percent increase over the $137.87 billion generated by tourism in 2015.

The Brookings Institute’s Africa Growth Initiative recently highlighted this promising information along with the increasingly important role the tourism industry is playing in the global economy. According to the report, world tourism contributes five percent of gross domestic product, 30 percent of service exports, and 235 million jobs world-wide.

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Projected growth in tourism traffic into Africa has exposed the need for regional integration that will assist to effectively position African products on the international market.

This is the sentiment agreed by African nations who participated at the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

Africa is pushing to maximise its visibility on the international arena and events such as the ITB provide a critical plinth to effectively market the continent’s products.

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Nigeria is notably missing among the top countries in the Africa Visa Openness Index, an annual survey conducted by the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Conversely, seven West African countries were listed among the top 20 including Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Togo while Southern Africa has the least number with four and North Africa has one.

Earlier in 2018, the Nigerian government had announced a Visa-On-Arrival policy for international travelers as part of

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The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) held her annual Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) on November 21st and 22nd 2018, at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, where the President of the Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, called on both the Federal and State Governments to come up with a national policy on Cultural Tourism to make Nigeria a leading African tourist destination.

In his welcome address at the event, Alhaji Rabo said, “FTAN calls on the federal government, through the Ministry of

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The African Director, Moroccan National Tourism Office, Jalal Imani, has called for collaboration between his country and Nigeria to promote tourism in Africa.

He made the call in Marrakech during a familiarisation trip organised by his agency. 

According to Imani, such collaboration, besides its economic benefits, will promote regional peace and unity, transfer of cultural heritage and further boost bilateral relations between the two countries. 

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Ethiopia has joined the list of growing African countries that have policy of visa-on-arrival for all African travellers. The idea of the African Union Agenda 2050 to unite the continent's peoples. The new travel policy is expected to significantly increase the number of African tourist arrivals to Ethiopia. The process of Ethiopia's Visa-On-Arrival for all Africans include online visa application facility.  Ethiopia, hosts the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, last week announced at the AU headquarters that the Visa-On-Arrival policy takes effect from November 1st 2018.

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Last April the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) led the global tourism industry leaders and stakeholders to champion Sustainable Tourism in the areas of international wildlife preservation and conservation. WTTC's sustained campaign led over 40 global tourism industry and allied partners to sign the Buenos Aires Declaration on illegal wildlife trade.

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In compliance and activation of a United Nations mandate, one of her specialized agencies, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has since 2017 held several workshops, conferences, seminars and presentations, on economic tourism statistical measurement to national tourism organisations and regional tourism groups, particularly in Africa. 

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