Tourism Contributes 16 Per Cent to GDP

source: allAfrica

The Voice (Francistown)

11 March 2008
Posted to the web 11 March 2008

Francistown

Travel and tourism provides over 10 per cent of direct and indirect employment in the country’s economy.

The sector, which according to a 2007 study has potential to grow by more than seven per cent annually over the next 10 years, contributes over 16 per cent of non-mining Gross Domestic Product.

These findings were of a study by the World Travel and Tourism Council that was engaged to establish the impact of travel and tourism on jobs and the economy of Botswana.

The Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Mr Kitso Mokaila told Parliament on Wednesday that the study also established that the total travel and tourism will grow by five per cent annually, exceeding the southern African and global averages.

“In terms of the policy framework, the study emphasises the need to review the tourism policy and re-examination of the institutional structures and improvement in air transport services.”

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