Pan-African passport will lead to a 24% increase in travel spending

By Ken Fullerton

International Development Journal

A new research report released by Sabre, a global travel technology provider, estimates that the introduction of the pan-African passport will lead to a 24% increase in travel spending on the African continent.

The study found that “air travel remains inaccessible to [the] majority of African citizen” and that only 23% of Africans have travelled by air in the past 24 months. With such low numbers of Africans traveling by air – mainly due to issues that airlines are able to control – the introduction of the pan-African passport which will eliminate the need for Africans to obtain visas for travel within the continent will increase the amount each person spends on travel. Currently, only 13 of the 55 African countries allow all Africans to enter their country without a visa or to get one on arrival. 

At present, the annual travel spend per person is $US 1149 and…

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