Although individual countries do relatively well, Africa represents a tiny percentage of international tourist arrivals – just over 4% of the total number
The index is calculated based on regulatory framework for tourism; business environment and infrastructure; and human, cultural and natural resources.
South Africa earned $7.3 billion from tourism in 2006, followed by Egypt at $6.8 billion and Morocco at $4.6 billion.
The index measures elements of the business environment and infrastructure of each economy: air transport infrastructure, ground transport infrastructure, tourism infrastructure, ICT infrastructure, and price competitiveness
Egypt led Africa in the number of tourist arrivals, with more than 8.2 million visitors; South Africa is second at 7.5 million. Tunisia, Morocco and Zimbabwe round out the top five.