Tourism, critical contributor to Botswana's economy

Dereck Joubert
Dereck Joubert

Tourism is playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, contributing five percent of gross domestic product (GDP), 30% of service exports, and 235 million jobs. That's according to the Brookings report Africa’s tourism potential trends, drivers, opportunities and strategies.

The report found that by 2030, consumer spending on tourism, hospitality, and recreation in Africa is projected to reach about $261.77 billion, $137.87 billion more than in 2015. From 1998 to 2015, the report notes, service exports such as tourism have grown about six times faster than merchandise exports in Africa.

Given these trends, the travel and tourism industry has significant potential in Botswana, notably due to the country’s rich natural resources and our potential to further develop cultural heritage and economic growth.

Editor's Comment
Happy Independence!

We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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