Gay Tourism: In or Out of Africa?

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This article was published for The Economist Group. We have published an excerpt here.

THERE are few more romantic vacations than an African safari: pursuing the Big Five, eating barbecue in the savannah as the sun sets, and falling asleep to the sounds of the wild.

This can be a lot less romantic, of course, if tumbling into your tent together can earn you a life sentence in jail.

There is no disputing the appeal of an ‘African adventure’ on this diverse and culturally rich continent, to a LGBT person as much as anyone else. Tourism may be one of the best hopes that the continent has for economic growth. In 2014, according to theWorld Travel and Tourism Council, the total contribution of travel and tourism in Africa was already 7.1% of total employment and 3.4% of GDP. Read more.

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