Keen to attract greater number of travelers from within Africa and other continents, the President of Zanzibar had promoted for quick development of the African skies for African airlines.
Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, the Zanzibar President explained that non-African airlines have conquered the skies of the continents along with its aviation market for quite some time now. The President is interested to make African air carriers even more vibrant to compete with international airlines.
“It is clear that 80 percent of the African air travel market is commanded by non-African-registered airlines,” Dr. Shein informed the delegates of the three-day 7th African Airlines Association (AFRAA) convention organized in the Zanzibar.
He read from a statement at the opening session of the convention, that both tourism and aviation sector positioned itself among the fastest-growing economic sectors in the continents of Africa with call for development of tourists inflow and expansion of the airlines through associations.
The Zanzibar President persisted that the aviation has a major role in driving the economic growth and offering various economic and social benefits to the continent.
“Air transport and tourism are among the fastest growing sectors in the world. We are all aware that practically, tourism and travel are inseparable entities. These two industries complement each other,” he charged.
By mentioningthe World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2018 Economic Impact Report, Dr Shein explained that for the seventh consecutive year, travel and tourism have been providing to the global GDP in a huge manner.“By 2028, the travel and tourism industries are expected to support over 400 million jobs at a ratio of one to nine of all jobs,” he noted.