2017 was an excellent year for tourism in the west African nation, according to Jean-Marie Somet, General Director of Côte d’Ivoire Tourisme.
“We welcomed around 1.5 million tourists last year boosted by international events such as Jeux de la Francophonie, or the 5th Summit African Union-European Union. These events proved that confidence is back for our destination,” he said during an ITB Berlin press conference.
A major upcoming tourism opportunity for Côte d’Ivoire will be the hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021. “It will help boost our infrastructure by creating new roads, stadiums and construct hotels,” said Somet. Confidence in the destination is reflected in the high number of hotel projects by international chains such as Radisson Blu, Hilton, Azalai or Mövenpick. In terms of air transport, Côte d’Ivoire just signed an agreement with Spain to have direct flights. New airlines starting to link Abidjan this year are TAP Portugal to Lisbon, as well as Ethiopian Airlines to New York.
Professionals will be able to learn more about Côte d’Ivoire achievements by participating in SITA, the International Tourism Exhibition of Abidjan. Hosted from April 27 to May 1, this travel show welcomes 25 countries, 260 exhibitors and 45,000 visitors. It is the largest travel exhibition organised in West Africa.
Photo: Jean-Marie Somet – General Director, Côte d’Ivoire Tourisme