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Africa: US dominates International Tourism Arrivals for Ghana as Nigeria stays in Second place

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In a recent analysis of international travel data, the United States has emerged as the most visited country for the fifth consecutive year, maintaining its dominant position as the top arrival destination in 2022. With a staggering 118,369 arrivals, the US accounted for 12.9% of the total annual arrivals, according to official statistics.

The Analysis which was put together by the Ghana Immigration services and Ghana Tourism Authority reports that Nigeria, which held the top spot in 2018, continued to be a popular choice for travelers, securing the second position with 72,786 arrivals, representing 8.0% of the total. Despite relinquishing its leading position, Nigeria’s consistent performance underscores its appeal as a significant travel destination over the years.

Coming in at the third spot is Britain, with 47,962 arrivals, capturing 5.2% of the total arrivals. The UK has consistently maintained its presence in the top three since 2018, highlighting its enduring allure among international travelers.

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India, with 22,261 arrivals, and Germany, with 22,159 arrivals, occupied the fourth and fifth positions, respectively, each accounting for 2.4% of the total arrivals. Germany has shown remarkable consistency, retaining its position within the top five from 2018 to 2022.

Notably, China, which ranked fourth in 2018 and 2019, experienced a decline in its ranking due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is important to note that these figures reflect the data up until 2021, and China’s position in the top 10 might change as travel restrictions evolve.

Several other countries showcased noteworthy performances. Liberia secured the sixth spot with 16,149 arrivals, representing 1.8% of the total. The Netherlands and Cote d’Ivoire ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, with 1.6% of the total arrivals each. Canada held the ninth position with 13,051 arrivals, while South Africa rounded off the top 10 with 12,674 arrivals, both accounting for 1.4% of the total.

Analyzing the data over the years, Nigeria’s consistent position at second place since 2019 indicates its sustained appeal as a destination for international travelers. China’s absence from the top 10 in 2022 highlights the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global travel patterns.

Meanwhile, the United States’ continued reign as the most visited country affirms its status as a premier destination for tourists worldwide. Britain and Germany also maintained their positions in the top five, demonstrating their enduring appeal to international visitors.

Canada’s fluctuating position within the top 10 reflects the dynamic nature of travel trends, as it moved from the 10th to the 6th position in 2021 before settling at 9th in 2022. Similarly, South Africa experienced some fluctuations, dropping to 9th position in 2020 and 2021 before slipping to the 10th spot in 2022.

The global travel industry continues to evolve in response to various factors such as economic conditions, geopolitical developments, and, more recently, the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel restrictions ease and new trends emerge, these rankings are expected to undergo further shifts in the coming years.

By Patrick Wisdom

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