On World Tourism Day 2014, I posted a link The Top Ten Tourism Destinations in Africa along with this introduction:
Ghana did not make the list. There’s a lot of competition out there. HAPPY WORLD TOURISM DAY!
It prompted the following two comments on the success of North Africa:
Frédéric Beroud We have to learn from North Africa, despite the “revolutions” and their consequences, Tunisia and Egypt are still in this top 10. Morocco is number one as the safest country in this part of the world and also with a strong and long experience of tourism, and look at Algeria where tourism is extremely controlled and places where you can go as a tourist limited for safety reasons, they come 5th in the top 10!
This is very interesting…
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Dominique Verdugo Algeria – There were 2,732,731 arrivals in 2013 (2/3 leisure, 1/3 business), of which some 65% were Algerian nationals living abroad (MTA 2014). The main foreign market is neighbouring Tunisia with half a million arrivals. (from a short article to be published soon by DV)
But let’s stick with sub-Saharan Africa. Awhile back another list of the top ten came out, this time from Lonely Planet. Here’s the article entitled “Lonely Planet’s best in travel 2014 top ten countries”.
And guess what MALAWI came 5th! And this was in the WORLD, not just Africa!!!!
So let’s see what Malawi’s tourist visa policy is. Well here it is on Wikipedia.org
And I copy out the list of countries that are exempted from tourist visas for thirty days. Look almost all the high revenue producing tourist countries!
Citizens of the following 71 country and territory can visit Malawi for up to 30 days (extendable up to 90 – except for nationals of Iceland, Israel, Madagascar, Norway and San Marino) without a visa:
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FACEBOOK GROUP SCRAP SHORT TERM TOURIST VISAS TO GHANA IS CAMPAIGNING FOR. WHEN I FIRST APPROACHED THE GHANA TOURIST AUTHORITY, THE OFFICERS ASSURED ME THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD STUDY THE TOURIST VISA REGULATIONS THAT WERE IN PLACE ON THE CONTINENT…..
NOTHING…NO FOLLOW-UP…NO POLITICAL WILL…
FOLLOW-UP ON THIS IN THE NEXT POST!