n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Tourism and conflict in Africa - : Africa-wide - monitoring economies

Volume 2014, Issue 04
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Tourism has the potential to help transform Africa's post-conflict societies, economically and socially. This requires African countries that are emerging from conflict to, first and foremost, convince tourists that they will be safe. In the case of international tourists, this is necessary even many years after conflict has ended due to lingering perceptions. On the other hand, implementation of tourism strategies in post-conflict African countries is often weak, such as in the case of Burundi. This is because successful tourism campaigns require coordinated approaches to infrastructure and human resource development and the buy-in of stakeholders. However, it is one thing to develop a tourism industry; and it is another to sustain the industry in the face of new or renewed conflict, as the examples of Egypt and Mozambique show.

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