Travel in
Cameroon

Country Report

Executive Summary

Sep 2019
Security threats and delays in improved infrastructure are negative factors impacting travel and tourism in Cameroon

Cameroon struggled with a number of negative factors towards the end of the review period in its efforts to promote the country as a viable attractive tourist destination. Despite robust efforts by the government to improve infrastructure such as expanding airports, attracting investment from global brands to build hotels, and a range of promotional efforts to highlight the country’s natural beauty, eco-tourism and rich heritage, civil unrest in the North and South West regions in addition to terror attacks by various groups in the Far North triggered strong warnings from travel advisories about visiting the country, unless on essential business.

Online travel intermediaries record strong growth but remain marginal overall

Although internet penetration remained low in Cameroon over the review period, investments are being made to improve the service to a higher number of households. Online travel intermediaries therefore, continued to hold marginal value share within overall travel intermediaries in 2019, despite recording ongoing strong current value growth.

Grounding of national carrier Camair’s fleet impacts domestic air travel

Domestic trips by air, for both business (the more dominant type of domestic traveller) and leisure, recorded strong declines in 2019. Although land continued to be the preferred mode of transport for both segments, domestic business travellers in particular, were severally impacted by the grounding of leading domestic airline Camair’s fleet in 2019.

Niche agri-tourism and eco-tourism offer potential as attractive activities for visitors

Cameroon has many positive attributes that the government and various ministries would like to highlight and promote to potential visitors to the country. One is the ability to draw on the wealth of varied ingredients and cuisine that is produced by different areas of the country and introduce them to travellers through agri-tourism.

Positive outlook for travel and tourism in Cameroon but is dependent on several factors

There are a number of positive indicators to predict an improved performance for travel and tourism in Cameroon over the forecast period. Higher growth of inbound arrivals, improved infrastructure such as expanding and upgrading of major airports and increasing numbers of hotels and short-term rentals becoming available will be supported by the expected huge influx of football fans that will arrive in 2021 for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Travel in Cameroon

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Security threats and delays in improved infrastructure are negative factors impacting travel and tourism in Cameroon
Online travel intermediaries record strong growth but remain marginal overall
Grounding of national carrier Camair’s fleet impacts domestic air travel
Niche agri-tourism and eco-tourism offer potential as attractive activities for visitors
Positive outlook for travel and tourism in Cameroon but is dependent on several factors

SWOT

Summary 1 Destination Cameroon: SWOT

MARKET DATA

Table 1 Other Transport: Value 2014-2019
Table 2 Forecast Other Transport: Value 2019-2024
Table 3 Car Rental Sales: Value 2014-2019
Table 4 Forecast Car Rental Sales: Value 2019-2024
Table 5 Attractions and Experiences: Value 2014-2019
Table 6 Forecast Attractions and Experiences: Value 2019-2024

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

TOURISM FLOWS

Headlines
Prospects
Attempts to promote Cameroon’s positive aspects increasingly difficult in light of ongoing conflicts and civil unrest leading to decline for inbound arrivals
2021 Africa Cup of Nations predicted to boost inbound arrivals figures over forecast period
Outbound departures and domestic travel continue to record positive figures
Category Data
Table 7 Inbound Arrivals: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 8 Inbound Arrivals by Country: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 9 Inbound Receipts: Value 2014-2019
Table 10 Forecast Inbound Arrivals: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 11 Forecast Inbound Arrivals by Country: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 12 Forecast Inbound Receipts: Value 2019-2024
Table 13 Domestic Trips by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 14 Domestic Business Trips by Travel Mode: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 15 Domestic Leisure Trips by Travel Mode: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 16 Domestic Expenditure: Value and Growth 2014-2019
Table 17 Forecast Domestic Trips by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 18 Forecast Domestic Business Trips by Travel Mode: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 19 Forecast Domestic Leisure Trips by Travel Mode: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 20 Forecast Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2019-2024
Table 21 Outbound Departures: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 22 Outbound Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2014-2019
Table 23 Outbound Expenditure: Value 2014-2019
Table 24 Forecast Outbound Departures: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 25 Forecast Outbound Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2019-2024
Table 26 Forecast Outbound Expenditure: Value 2019-2024

AIRLINES

Headlines
Prospects
Following positive performance in 2018, Camair suffers grounding of fleet in 2019 leading to declines by domestic air travellers
Improving infrastructure and expansion by regional and international carriers support ongoing demand for outbound departures by air
Cameroon joins SAATM in 2019
Category Data
Table 27 Airlines Sales: Value 2014-2019
Table 28 Forecast Airlines Sales: Value 2019-2024

LODGING

Headlines
Prospects
2021 Africa Cup of Nations calls for increase in lodging offer and greater quality standards
International names starting to expand into Cameroon
Short-term rentals boosted by increasing popularity of Airbnb
Category Data
Table 29 Lodging Sales: Value 2014-2019
Table 30 Lodging Outlets: Units 2014-2019
Table 31 Forecast Lodging Sales: Value 2019-2024
Table 32 Forecast Lodging Outlets: Units 2019-2024

ONLINE TRAVEL INTERMEDIARIES

Headlines
Prospects
Online travel intermediaries records strong growth but remains marginal in terms of actual sales
Ministry of Tourism and Recreation attempts to eliminate illegal travel operators and improve quality of services
Jumia Travel gains momentum as leading online travel intermediary
Category Data
Table 33 Travel Intermediaries Sales: Value 2014-2019
Table 34 Forecast Travel Intermediaries Sales: Value 2019-2024