From The Report: Cote d’Ivoire 2019
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The Ivorian government made tourism a priority in its National Development Plan 2016-20, and wants to make it one of the top-three contributors to GDP by 2020, with the goal of attracting up to 5m tourists by 2025. Moreover, the country ranks third in Africa for business tourism, behind Nigeria and Morocco. However, Côte d’Ivoire remains untouched by mass tourism, which could give it a unique advantage compared to other African desti¬nations, and enhance its attractiveness for tourists looking for authentic and preserved places. In this regard, the country is particularly conducive to niche tourism segments such as ecotourism. The improvement of connectivity to the country’s interior, especially via the rehabilitation and construction of a quality road network and additional health infrastructure, is a prerequisite to the development of leisure tourism outside the business district of Abidjan.