During this meeting, the Director General of Tourism in Côte d’Ivoire took stock of the past five years.
“Our tourism has seen a real improvement in the last five years, the number of visitors to Ivorian land has increased from 250,000 in 2013 to 1,500,000 to date. Said Jean-Marie Somet, welcoming the work done with his team.
For him, even if much remains to be done, Côte d’Ivoire can be proud to have come back.
Another point marking the balance of 2013 to date. Côte d’Ivoire’s GDP increased from 0.6 to 7.8 percent. It was not at all obvious, M Jean-Marie Somet believes, given the significant events of the crisis that shook the country.
He justifies these figures by the result of a cross with the World Bank.
“The occupancy rate of hotels has reached 69%. There is not one country in the world that can boast that percentage. Little by little we are making our way, “he said.
Ivorian tourism is based on business
“Overall investments in the private sector from 2012 to 2014 were almost 140 billion FCFA or 215 million euros in this period. The GDP itself is where it is interesting to see that we have taken a nice improvement from 2012 to 2015, more than 1500 billion. (…) In 2016, we dropped to 908.3 billion and in 2017, we fall again to 749.4 billion FCFA, “concluded Jean-Marie.
The International Tourism Fair of Abidjan (SITA), is scheduled from April 27 to May 1, 2018.