Sustainable tourism and poaching solution needed for African jobs

Africa Rhino Poaching Sustainable TourismAfrica could lose up to 3.8 million jobs over the next decade if the scourge of poaching across the continent is not dealt with, according to Tanzania’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Adelhem Meru. Speaking at an African tourism forum, Meru said that while 3.8 million jobs could be created by the tourism industry in Africa over the next 10 years, “these figures can only be realised if the industry takes on a sustainable tourism development path and if the current situation will remain unattended, these jobs would vanish in air.”

In Brief
  • At the meeting, experts from Rhinos Without Borders said it is high time for the continent to work as one team in addressing wildlife killings
  • According to Meru, in Tanzania, tourism alone creates 700,000 jobs, a number expected to double in the next few years.
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Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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