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Travel and Tourism in Côte d’Ivoire
Political crisis blocked recovery in the tourism industry
The crisis that shook the country at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 changed the decisions of many tourists about Côte d’Ivoire as the destination for a vacation. Many business meetings were also rearranged to be held in other countries. Despite the current government’s efforts to improve the image of the country and promote tourism, confidence has been lost and many tour operators have switched to other countries.
Air travel to see growth
The demand for air transport is very high and there are not enough companies serving the airports of the country. The government announced the launch of a new air company in a partnership with the group Air France KLM at the beginning of 2012. Since the collapse of Air Ivoire in March 2011, Côte d’Ivoire has been without a flag-carrying airline. The new carrier, Air Côte d’Ivoire, was due to commence services in July 2012, operating two Airbus A319 aircraft. Routes will link Côte d’Ivoire with neighbouring Mali and Burkina Faso. It is then planned to introduce a domestic flight network in Côte d’Ivoire, commencing in 2013.
read moreCarlson Rezidor to open very first hotel in Côte d’Ivoire
Carlson Rezidor has announced the opening of its first hotel in Côte d’Ivoire – The Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport, featuring 252 rooms, is scheduled to open in 2014. The new Radisson Blu Hotel will be located at Abidjan-Port Bouet (Route de l’Aéroport d’Abidjan). In addition to 252 modern guest rooms, the building will offer a business class lounge, an air crew lounge, retail stores, a bar, an all-day dining restaurant, a private dining area, an outdoor terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, a business centre, seven conference and meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Despite the challenging environment of this market, the company expects good returns due to the supply and demand imbalance.
Government to extend visas to attract tourists
The government is aware of the importance of foreign direct investment to get Côte d’Ivoire back on track and accelerate its growth with the creation of employment. Among the reforms to be made to boost foreign direct investment and tourism revenue, the government will be relaxing visa regimes, with the length of a visit to be extended from the current three months to six months, the price of a visa to be cut by 40% or even 50% and making it possible for tourists to be able to apply for them at more consulates, as the country’s security is being overhauled and efforts for reconciliation are making progress.
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