WTTC reports strong recovery for tourism in North Africa in 2017

27 March, 2018

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), in its economic impact report, noted (26-Mar-2018) signs of strong recovery in 2017 among North African countries previously impacted by terrorism and political unrest. Overall travel and tourism grew 22.6% in North Africa, more than three times faster than any other region and five times faster than the world average. Growth was driven by "excellent recovery" in Egypt, where the contribution of tourism to GDP increased 72.9%, and "more muted recovery" of 7.6% in Tunisia, where tourism contributed 14.2% of GDP. WTTC stated: "With this strong recovery in 2017 and promising forecasts for 2018, particularly as major source markets such as the UK return to the region, with the resuming of charter flights, these countries are well on track to return to pre-crisis levels". [more - original PR]