Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2015

Tourism suffering terrorism setback

tourist destinationJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News
) – AFRICAN Governments have been urged to address security challenges in order to revive the tourism industry.

This follows a drop in international arrivals, which has been linked to recent terror attacks.

According to an online booking agency, recent occurrences across the African continent had resulted in a sharp drop of tourist arrivals.

Jovago argued the 6 percent decline in the tourist numbers can be credited to acts of terrorism which have occurred across the continent from the Sousse attack in Tunisia to the Garissa attack in Kenya and the Boko Haram menace in Nigeria.

“The insecurity did not stop there but is also extended to the maintenance of state and private infrastructure. The killing of a woman at Lion Park, Johannesburg underlies not only the lack of enforcement measures for the park rules but also the poor management as an ambulance couldn’t be made immediately available, the agency said.

The list goes on but these events not only cause panic for the locals but for foreigners as well.

Following the incidents, Jovago said government focus on security supported by affirmative action was important in order to ensure that both locals and foreigners are reminded that their safety was a key priority for the government.

On the other hand, a nonchalant government would show no effort to alleviate the fears of its populace and ensure their safety. This would not fare well for the progress of the nation in general aspects as well as in terms of tourism which is a major source of employment for many African countries.

The online hotel booking service said setting up enforcement capacities in destinations where safety rules needed to be adhered to was also important in order to ensure the safety of the visitors.

This would result in good reviews, which would subsequently boost the attractiveness of these destinations for tourists.

Jovago suggested that by putting into place these measures, the decline that was witnessed in the tourist numbers would be reversed.

The key aspect is to ensure sustainability for the measures to be continuously reinforced.

Jovago has offices in Lagos (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya) and Dakar (Senegal).

– CAJ News

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