A new research study finds that Kenya and South Africa too no surprise are Africa’s top tourist destinations.
According to research carried out by the Year Out Group the most popular gap year destinations are shifting, due in part to the number of people taking a career break, and also because of a shift in terms of what people now want from a gap year.
A gap year is an extended break that some people take at a life transition, such as between studies, between study and work, or between careers.
Travelers are heading further afield and wanting to do something beyond just sitting on a beach in Thailand, for example. In celebration of this worldwide travel diversity Round The World Experts are today promoting round the world flights as the perfect way of visiting a number of these far-flung destinations all on the same trip.
The Year Out Group, a company who specialize in providing information on structured year out programs, has found that South Africa and Kenya are the most popular destinations for structured gap year placements, with increasing numbers of gap year travelers avoiding the traditional destinations of Australia and New Zealand, in favor of more exotic destinations and activities, such as going on safari to see the ‘Big Five’ in Africa.
Australia and New Zealand still feature in the Top Ten, at 4 and 10 respectively, but the lesser popularized destination of Peru in South America, also features in the list, along with the rather more unexpected destination of Canada.
A spokesperson for Round The World Experts said, “What we’re seeing is a truly globalized and diverse traveling community. Gap year travelers aren’t content with just a glorified holiday; they want exciting and varied destinations, cultures and activities to experience. Although the old favorites do offer these, more and more people are attracted to destinations that have been under the radar of traditional gap year travel, such as Peru, Tanzania and Fiji.
“Thanks, in part, to the larger numbers of people opting to take gap years later in life, and the increasingly adventurous nature of recent graduates, gap year travelers are now more willing to visit less chartered territories, safe in the knowledge that they’re bound to encounter other travelers doing the same thing.” According to the Year Out Group.
Certainly, the success of the 2010 World Cup, plays no small role.
This is welcome news to both countries, especially since tourism is a big part of their economies. Their positions in African tourism is enhanced more.
Certainly more has to be done to exploit this good news. More exposure and recruitment should be done towards attracting foreign movie shoots in both Kenya and South Africa. They have to follow Canada, Sweden, Australia, South Korea and New Zealands lead in attracting foreign movie shoots in their locations.