The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with New York University (NYU) Africa House has developed the Tourism Data for Africa Portal in order to provide access to Tourism related data on African countries.

The portal is part of the AfDB’s “Africa Information Highway” initiative aimed at improving data collection, management, and dissemination in Africa. It will allow open access to the data needed for managing and monitoring development results in African countries, including tracking progress on the MDGs. The portal is a direct response to a number of important global and regional initiatives to scale up the availability of quality data on Africa and so foster evidence-based decision-making, public accountability, and good governance.

The Tourism Data for Africa Portal is a user-friendly tool for extracting data, creating, and sharing customized reports, and visualizing tourism related data through tables, charts, and maps. Through the portal, users will be able to access a wide range of tourism related data on African countries, consolidated from multiple international and national official sources. The portal will also facilitate the collection, analysis, and sharing of data among countries and with international development partners.

This initiative therefore offers a unique opportunity for policymakers, analysts, researchers, business leaders and investors around the world to gain access to reliable and timely data on Africa. Users can visualize time series development indicators, perform comprehensive analysis at country and regional levels, utilize presentation-ready graphics or create their own visuals, blog, share their views and work with others, thereby creating an informed community of users.

The AfDB, NYU Africa House initiative will revolutionize tourism data management and dissemination in Africa and reposition the continent for more effective participation in the global information economy.