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Tourism: Ghana leapfrogs Nigeria, Tanzania to become 4th biggest African destination for Americans

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ForwardKeys, one of the world’s leading travel data & analytics company has revealed that Ghana has leapfrogged West African rival, Nigeria and East African country, Tanzania as the fourth biggest African destination for travellers and tourists from the USA.

According to myjoyonline.com, this follows the re-launch of passenger flight operations from Washington to Accra by United Airlines over the weekend. Ghana increased the year-on-year growth by 44.5%.

“Ghana, Cape Verde, and Togo are standout performers currently. This is mainly due to the strong interest from VFR/Expat passengers,” ForwardKeys said.

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However, South Africa and Morocco are set to be the most popular destinations in terms of US traveller volumes this summer.

Morocco was recently excluded from the USA ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory, so this may encourage more people to travel to the destination, it explained.

South Africa, Morocco and Kenya were ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Nigeria, Tanzania and Cape Verde were 4th, 5th and 6th in that order.

It said USA travelers are booking to fly from the Caribbean to Iceland and now the air ticketing data shows that they are also keen to travel to long-haul destinations in Africa and the Middle East.

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Despite USA CDC warnings, ForwardKeys said Africa and the Middle East are proving to be standout performers, ahead of the summer.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan recently said the United States of America will further deepen its bilateral relationship with Ghana.

This follows the re-launch of passenger flight operations from Washington to Accra by United Airlines. Its Dreamline 787 landed at the Kotoka International Airport on Saturday, May 15, 2021.

The U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan said the start of the United Airlines service will also promote trade relations between the two countries.

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