Vastness, vastness, vastness – Africa has what is demanded particularly in times of Covid-19. The continent offers guests space in abundance. Wilderness and breathtaking nature give the second largest continent in the world a diverse facet. Before the outbreack of Covid-19, landscape, people and wildlife sparked enthusiasm and ensured a livelihood for the locals. People and animals in Africa will continue to rely on foreign guests in the future!
Recently, tourism has been booming on the black continent. In 2018, Africa received about 67 million international tourist arrivals ➝ (Source: Deutsche Welle). In South Africa alone, more than 700,000 people work in tourism, in Uganda it is only slightly less. Looking at the entire continent of Africa, many people are employed in tourism or their jobs are indirectly related to it. If tourists stay away, the livelihood of numerous locals and businesses is threatened. A social system that caters for these people does only exist in very few African countries. From the operator of a lodge to the greengrocer, many people in Africa depend heavily on the income from tourism.
In many parts of the world, tourism secures the livelihood of the locals. In third world countries and emerging markets, the situation is particularly precarious when international guests are absent. This is what is currently happening in African national parks and game reserves, for example: They are 70 to 100 per cent financed by income from tourism and national park fees. If these funds are dropped due to a lack of tourism, many national parks will not have the means available to protect animals from poachers. Hotel owners, excursion entrepreneurs and employees from the catering trade are equally affected. The supply chains are long and interdependent; for African tourist businesses, no demand implies the end of their business faster than in Europe.