This paper appears in The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research and contends that tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. In this respect developing countries are making efforts to cash in on this expanding industry in an attempt to boost foreign investment and financial reserves. Although the value of tourism has long been recognized, international attention to the role of tourism development especially in Africa is still lacking. Faced with civil wars, poverty, sanitation and other myriad of problems, Africa continuously faces the challenge of tourism marketing for various destinations against other competing regions such as Europe. This paper examines the contribution of tourism in African Development with an emphasis on poverty reduction. The analysis focuses on the performance indicators in the economic factors, employment and government revenue. Click here to access the full article.