Travel in
Congo, Democratic Republic

Country Report

Executive Summary

Sep 2014
Political instability and military action deepen the social and economic crisis

After a series of clashes between the government’s military forces and armed rebels in 2011, a new phase began at the end of 2012 in the eastern part of the country. Armed groups attacked the civilian population and representatives from humanitarian aid organisations. An international peace mission helped to reduce the violence but the situation remains unstable. As a result, the government has been focusing on the maintenance of peace and the economy, thus paying less attention to the development of tourism.

Large road infrastructure projects aim to improve transportation opportunities

The government has initiated significant infrastructure projects. In 2013, a road reconstruction project in Kinshasa, the capital of the country, was begun in close cooperation with Japanese company Kitano Construction to establish a connection between the centre of the city and its densely populated suburbs. Two Chinese companies also signed a contract for the construction of 800km of roads in the country, while the African Bank of Development invested in the construction of hydro-electric power stations on the Congo river. Road construction projects could help to increase tourism flows between the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries over the forecast period.

Eco-tourism in danger

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to eight national parks, five of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as being home to many endangered species. However, internal conflict in eastern and northern parts of the country has prevented the development of eco-tourism, with rebel forces taking control of the national parks, killing park rangers and hunting rhinos for trade. Gorillas represent a significant attraction for tourists, but despite the Democratic Republic of Congo having a higher gorilla population than Rwanda and Uganda, the lack of an effective policy for the preservation of wildlife has given those countries an advantage.

New national airline to drive a turnaround in the country’s air transport industry

The Democratic Republic of Congo has created a new national airline to boost the image of its air transport industry, in which all companies are on a European blacklist, which bans them from flying over Europe. The Congolese government also signed an agreement on 15 August 2014 with Air France KLM to develop a business plan so that the Congolese national airline can be launched by the end of the year. The government hopes the new airline will help to turn around the country's aviation industry.

Potential for new luxury hotels

In the country’s capital, Kinshasa, there were only three luxury hotels in 2013. Investment is needed to substantially improve travel accommodation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, until the number of tourists increases, this is unlikely to happen. Tourism is largely dependent on stability, while the construction of new roads into the inner city also has the potential to encourage the construction of new hotel outlets.

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  • Health and Wellness Tourism

  • Tourism Flows Domestic

  • Tourism Flows Inbound

  • Tourism Flows Outbound

  • Tourist Attractions

  • Transportation

  • Travel Accommodation

  • Travel Retail

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Travel and Tourism in Congo, Democratic Republic

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Political instability and military action deepen the social and economic crisis
Large road infrastructure projects aim to improve transportation opportunities
Eco-tourism in danger
New national airline to drive a turnaround in the country’s air transport industry
Potential for new luxury hotels

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS

Table 1 Balance of Tourism Payments: Value 2008-2013

SWOT

Summary 1 the Democratic Republic of Congo: SWOT

MARKET DATA

Table 2 Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 3 Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2008-2013
Table 4 Forecast Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 5 Forecast Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2013-2018
Table 6 Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 7 Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 8 Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 9 Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2008-2013
Table 10 Forecast Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 11 Forecast Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 12 Forecast Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 13 Forecast Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2013-2018
Table 14 Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 15 Forecast Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2013-2018
Table 16 Tourist Attractions Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 17 Tourist Attractions Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 18 Forecast Tourist Attractions Sales: Value 2013-2018
Table 19 Forecast Tourist Attractions Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2013-2018

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

CAR RENTAL

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Category Data
Table 20 Car Rental Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 21 Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 22 Forecast Car Rental Sales: Value 2013-2018
Table 23 Forecast Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2013-2018

TOURISM FLOWS INBOUND

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Trends
Prospects
Category Data
Table 24 Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 25 Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 26 Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 27 Incoming Tourist Receipts: Value and Growth 2008-2013
Table 28 Forecast Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 29 Forecast Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 30 Forecast Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 31 Forecast Incoming Tourist Receipts: Value and Growth 2013-2018
Table 32 International Arrivals by City 2008-2013

TRANSPORTATION

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Prospects
Category Data
Table 33 Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2008-2013
Table 34 Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 35 Forecast Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 36 Forecast Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2013-2018

TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION

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Category Data
Table 37 Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2008-2013
Table 38 Travel Accommodation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 39 Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2008-2013
Table 40 Forecast Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2013-2018
Table 41 Forecast Travel Accommodation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2013-2018
Table 42 Forecast Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2013-2018

TRAVEL RETAIL

Headlines
Trends
Prospects
Category Data
Table 43 Travel Retail Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 44 Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 45 Forecast Travel Retail Sales: Value 2013-2018
Table 46 Forecast Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2013-2018