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Tourism Trends & Statistics

2001 Tourism Trends and Statistics

Tourism has experienced rapid growth since the country gained independence in 1980. During the decade 1989 – 1999, tourist arrivals grew at an average growth rate of 17.5% whilst tourism receipts increased at an average annual growth rate of 18% in US$ terms and 25% in Z$. However, the prevailing economic, social and political environment has seen the sector experiencing the worst performance since independence. The country has experienced 11% drop in tourist arrivals (1999 –2000) and 38% drop in receipts (US$) within the same period.