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Making Tourism Work for Africa: Building Capacity and Political Support

Chatham House, London


Hon Dr Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Republic of Zimbabwe
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Tourism provides one in 20 jobs in Africa, accounts for around 7.3 percent of GDP, and has been a major attraction for foreign investment. The industry can contribute to economic diversification and development when it is effectively managed and used to support environmental sustainability and socio-economic stability. But the complexity of the tourism industry means that, in the absence of political support and capacity-building in the sector, it may bring imbalanced benefits, do harm in some areas and opportunities may be missed. 

At this meeting, Walter Mzembi, minister of tourism and hospitality industry of Zimbabwe, will discuss how tourism needs to be managed by the public and private sectors together towards a more transformative effect for African economies. Mr Mzembi is the AU endorsed candidate in the election of secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization due in 2017.