Liberia will celebrate her 172th Independence Day on Friday July 26, 2019. Historically the country should be a tourist destination but this is rather the opposite as the country has not been able to take advantage of its historical and physical features to attracts tourists to the country which would generate a significant amount of revenue for the nation. It can also serve as an avenue to employed thousands of unemployed youth in the country.
Liberia has huge costal line that runs from Grand cape Mount County in South Western Liberia to Maryland county in the south Eastern Liberia. The country is also blessed with beautiful rivers, lakes and forest with rich natural habitat.
The beautiful landscape and surrounding of Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount county, the amazing Kpatawee Waterfall and it ever green environment, the Blue Lake in Tubmanburg Bomi county, The beautiful beaches and the Monkey Island of Marshall where the Chimpanzees once used in the testing labs in Marshall now reside are sights to attract tourists to the county if they are well taken care of.
As the country celebrate another independence day in the mist of economic hardship, I believe if the country take advantage of it historical and physical features by improving the tourism sector, many youth can be employed and revenue generated for the nation.
Below is a statistic of countries that are generating revenue from the tourism sector and Liberia can take cue from them.
In 2017, Kenya generated US$1.2 billion from her tourism industry, a 9.8 percent growth from 2016, and 20.3 percent growth in the previous year. Kenya over the years has been able to consolidate her natural attractions, improved it, and made it attractive to tourists from all around the world. 11 percent of Kenya’s employment comes from her tourism industry, and the United States and the United Kingdom boast of the highest tourists to the country, at 17 and 11 percent respectively. Dubai, a city-state located in the United Arab Emirates is usually mistaken as a country by itself because of its tourism industry. In 2015 alone, tourism added $36.4bn to the GDP of the United Arab Emirates, with Dubai playing a major part in that regard. The small island nation of Indonesia rakes $4.6 billion in foreign exchange income annually from its tourism industry alone.
Credit: The Liberian Billboard