Togo: Covid Slashes 2020 Tourism Revenues by 64%

Economic governance
Monday, 27 September 2021 17:57
Togo: Covid Slashes 2020 Tourism Revenues by 64%

(Togo First) - Tourist arrivals in Togo were down by 49.1% last year, compared to 2019. The drop was reported by the minister of tourism, Kossi Lamadokou, today, the 42nd World Tourism Day.

In detail, the arrivals plunged from 946,376 to 481,706 due to Covid-19 (health restrictions and the shutdown of the airport). This pulled down tourism revenues by 64% - from CFA53 billion to CFA19 billion.

According to the ministry of tourism, the results, attributable to the pandemic’s "disastrous" consequences, contrast with the progress made between 2017 and 2018 and go against Lomé’s ambition to boost tourism.

Lamadokou, the minister of tourism, said tackling this challenge will require valorizing tourist infrastructures, and revamping inland tourism. To this end, the government announced a few days ago a census of tourist establishments to “ensure better visibility and make tourism a high added-value sector both at the national and international levels.”

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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