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Air Transport and Destination Performance – A case study of three African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa)

Eric Tchouamou Njoya

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Tourism is increasingly being promoted as an important source of economic growth especially in developing countries. While there are many elements that contribute to tourism growth, without an efficient air transport system, it is almost impossible for a number of landlocked and geographically isolated developing nations to expand and sustain domestic and international tourism. From the perspective of an African nation the most important question is whether the benefit of aviation expansion would have any superiority in poverty reduction. This paper seeks to (1) investigate the relationship between air transport and tourism growth especially in selected African countries and (2) highlight ways and means of capturing and strengthening air transport and tourism industry’s contribution. To achieve these objectives the research uses a combination of literature review and case study analyses. It concludes that efficient air transport can act as a facilitator in the development of more diversified export-based industries, away from over-reliance on natural resources, which in the presence of linkages with other domestic economic sectors can act as a stimulus for broadly based growth.

Keywords: air transport; tourism; Sub-Saharan Africa; Kenya; Ethiopia; South Africa; Yamoussoukro Decision (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-02-14
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-tre and nep-tur
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